West Ham fans re­sent ‘pres­sure’ on season tick­ets

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport Football - By Matt Law

West Ham United have been urged to re­think their pol­icy on sea­sonticket re­newals.

Fans have been given three op­tions. Two in­volve pay­ing for the en­tirety of their season ticket up front and re­ceiv­ing funds on a match-by-match ba­sis for the games they are not al­lowed to at­tend be­cause of coro­n­avirus re­stric­tions, in re­turn for be­ing en­tered into bal­lots for any re­duced ca­pac­ity games.

The third op­tion al­lows sup­port­ers to pay 30 per cent of the fee up front, but al­lows them into a bal­lot for seats only when 70 per cent or more of the sta­dium is re­opened.

The West Ham United In­de­pen­dent Sup­port­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion said it was “dis­heart­ened” by the pro­pos­als. “Many mem­bers are feel­ing pan­icked and pres­sured into mak­ing a de­ci­sion when the fu­ture around sup­port­ers re­turn­ing to games is un­clear.”

West Ham are mov­ing two stands closer to the pitch in time for next season as part of Lon­don Sta­dium re­con­fig­u­ra­tion plans, but the club have been ac­cused of mov­ing sup­port­ers’ seats with­out con­sul­ta­tion.

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