House of hor­rors

> Ham­mer sup­port­ers see only mis­ery at new Lon­don Sta­dium af­ter win­less streak <

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

WEST HAM United’s start to the sea­son could not have gone much worse. Ham­mers sup­port­ers are clearly not en­joy­ing life at their new home, the Lon­don Sta­dium.

There have been se­cu­rity prob­lems, fans fight­ing among them­selves and chil­dren in tears amid the on­go­ing car­nage.

With just one win this sea­son – and off the back of a hu­mil­i­at­ing 3-0 de­feat to Southamp­ton – some fans have had enough.

Even be­fore the car­nage at their home draw against Mid­dles­brough, the full ex­tent of their mis­ery has been re­vealed.

Speak­ing to Daily Star On­line, a sup­porter re­vealed: “I said at the end of last sea­son that this one would be shock­ing. I’m not sur­prised so far but un­for­tu­nately the view that it’s just new sta­dium teething trou­bles are start­ing to wear thin.

“I be­lieve our trou­bles are far deeper. This new ground doesn’t feel like home. It’s not the same way I used to feel as I made my way to Up­ton Park. I feel like a vis­i­tor at the mo­ment.”

While en­dur­ing a tor­rid time on the pitch, fans are suf­fer­ing off it too – with nu­mer­ous games in­ter­rupted by vi­o­lence in the ter­races amid on­go­ing se­cu­rity is­sues.

And the club was even forced to deny that footie bosses played “ar­ti­fi­cial crowd noises” into the ground ear­lier this week.

One dis­grun­tled Ham­mer went fur­ther still, tak­ing to so­cial me­dia to de­scribe the “best mo­ment” of her visit.

It was the mo­ment when a stew­ard re­port­edly told a fan to sit down, to which he replied: “I’m go­ing home you f****** p****.”

But it gets worse be­cause the trav­el­ling Southamp­ton sup­port­ers were equally crit­i­cal of the Lon­don Sta­dium – de­spite notch­ing up a thump­ing win there.

One wrote on a fan fo­rum: “I thought it was a joke. Poor views. Ridicu­lous dis­tance be­tween the up­per and lower tiers. Not a foot­ball ground.”

And as Saints fans be­gan shar­ing pho­to­graphs show­ing how far away they were from the pitch, an­other added: “I didn’t ex­pect any­thing less.

“It’s the Olympic Sta­dium. An ex­cel­lent sta­dium that was awe­some for ath­let­ics but not a foot­ball ground.”

One Ham­mers fan took a softer stance though.

They told Daily Star On­line: “We have moved on now. I don’t blame the own­ers for try­ing to make us a big­ger club.

“We had an ex­cep­tional year last sea­son and left the Bo­leyn on a high. It will never be for­mi­da­ble like Up­ton Park but the new ground is spec­tac­u­lar.

“But the stand­ing is­sues are al­ready im­prov­ing. Give it time.”

When ap­proached by Daily Star On­line, the Ham­mers were quick to rub­bish the idea of an un­com­fort­able move.

A spokesman said: “The ma­jor­ity of our fans love the sta­dium. The feed­back we’ve re­ceived has been over­whelm­ingly pos­i­tive and we are very proud of our new home.

“The fa­cil­i­ties are far su­pe­rior to any­thing we had at the Bo­leyn Ground.

“Slaven and the play­ers have gone on record nu­mer­ous times prais­ing the fa­cil­i­ties and at­mo­sphere.

“We have 20,000 more fans able to at­tend every game and 10,000 ju­nior sea­son ticket hold­ers – the club’s fu­ture.

“There are 52,000 sea­son ticket hold­ers and a fur­ther 50,000 on a the wait­ing list.” – Daily Star

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