West Ham fans have taken to Twitter to share their views after the club was hit with a whopping £100,000 fine following crowd disturbances during last season’s 3-0 defeat at home to Burnley, as reported in detail by BBC Sport.
The Hammers have received the fine after a number of supporters invaded the pitch in protest at the club’s owners, with one fan even approaching captain Mark Noble only to end up thrown onto the grass.
Another ran into the centre of the pitch with the corner flag held aloft, whilst some children even had to be let onto the Clarets’ substitutes bench in order to avoid the escalating chaos inside the London Stadium.
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After the final whistle, a herd of supporters approached the directors’ box to voice their displeasure, which forced co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold to be escorted from the area for their own safety.
The club issued lifetime bans to a number of supporters, and Hammers vice-chairman Karren Brady called it “one of the most painful days” in the club’s history.
Whilst it was in fact a very dark day, some fans are happy that it took place as they feel it made the board aware of the faults they were making in running the club, citing the arrival of Felipe Anderson and the appointment of Manuel Pellegrini as signs of the club recognising the need for change.
Here’s a look at how West Ham fans reacted to the news on Twitter…
Good investment, made us sign Felipe Anderson and recruit Pellegrini.
— ˗ˏˋ JΔMES ˊˎ˗ (@JameswhufcJones) January 22, 2019
Take it out of Andy Carroll’s wages
— mark hendy ⚒ (@mhendy1971) January 22, 2019
Worth it. Did this and got investment and a proper manager!
— Mike (@MVScates13) January 22, 2019
Was worth it, board listened and started spending
— Dawkins (@Si_23Q) January 22, 2019
how slow are the FA
— george jones (@georgejones__) January 22, 2019
What I don’t understand is that pitch invasions have happened quite often in various grounds in the past. Why do they never get any attention or those clubs get fined? Then when it’s west ham and literally three people come onto the pitch, we get investigated and fined!
— Will Bellew ⚒️ (@W_Bellew) January 22, 2019
Why did it take 10 months? And to the fans saying it was the protest that made the board spend money- do you really think they would have been able to appoint Pellegrini without spending transfer money?
— mark speller (@supersonic_mark) January 22, 2019
The best 100k ever spent
— Jack Cooper (@jackcwhu99) January 22, 2019