West Ham confirmed this week that they have handed lifetime bans to the fans that invaded the pitch against Burnley, and it’s pretty clear who the fans are siding with.
It’s been a pretty toxic season for West Ham, as performances on the pitch have echoed the atmosphere in their new stadium – soulless.
While plenty were excited about the move to the Olympic Stadium, many fans were infuriated by the move away from the Boleyn Ground, and those concerns have proved justified since the move.
Things reached boiling point in the recent loss to Burnley, as fans literally ran riot on the pitch and in the stands. Burnley won the match comfortably, but there was only one story after the match, as fans frustrations with David Gold and David Sullivan toppled onto the pitch.
The club have now announced that five individuals have been banned for their actions, and that they are continuing investigations into several other incidents.
Fans have been reacting to the news on Twitter, and some of the best reactions can be found below…
It’s a shame the “club”did not take swift and decisive” action in any of the previous transfer windows. You should be offering the corner flag hero a free season ticket. The others who were just running about on the pitch I agree with the action.
— Gary (@Garywesthamutd) March 22, 2018
If only you took swift and decisive actions in the transfer market instead of pocketing the cash things may have been different ?
— Chris (@MR_bucket5) March 22, 2018
Yes well done West Ham yet again you have the ability to show some sort of compassion for the plight of the fans but as always you go for the we don’t care about you lot stance ..well done board ⚒⚒⚒
— Michael Debenham (@madwhu) March 22, 2018
Swift and decisive action to try to deflect the blame for our current situation away from the board. If your intention was to further alienate fans, well done, you've succeeded. The best thing would be for everyone to pull together but you just don't seem to get it.
— Les Cornwell ⚒️ (@LestheHammer) March 22, 2018
Sullivan, Gold and Brady are causing more damage to the club than any supporters.
— RupertFarquhar-Jones (@rupertfarquhar) March 22, 2018
Lifetime ban? Aren’t you meant to be punishing them not rewarding them.
— Jack Simmons (@JackSimmons101) March 22, 2018
Pity we can't give lifetime bans to our owners.
— Colin Greenway (@cgreener1) March 22, 2018