West Ham United fans on Twitter have been left disappointed by the big news that their club will face La Liga side Athletic Bilbao in the annual pre-season Betway Cup at the London Stadium this year.
The former Champions League outfit will make their first trip to east London since 2000 on Saturday 3rd August to contest the one-match competition which the Hammers beat FC Mainz 05 to win for the first time prior to the 2018/2019 campaign.
It’s the first time the Betway Cup has been held at home since the stadium-opening Juventus clash of 2016. However, some West Ham supporters were far from happy after the announcement.
Many of their arguments centred around the calibre of the opposition as they would have preferred it to have been of the Paris Saint-Germain ilk or a team they have a cult-connection with such as Lazio. And it appeared that was going to be the latter up until recently.
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One member of the Claret & Blue Army took aim at the East Londoners’ ability to organise a high-profile friendly properly, with one more commenting “underwhelming” and another simply posting a crying emoji.
Check out the pick of the West Ham fan reactions below…
What happened to PSG or LAZIO?
— Deal⚒ (@samuel_deal) June 3, 2019
So not Lazio or PSG then ? ??
— Russell Kirby (@rustyk1971) June 3, 2019
We can’t even organise a high profile friendly properly! ??
— Angry Bilic (@AngryBilic) June 3, 2019
— Jamie (@JamiePann) June 3, 2019
Why couldn’t this have been away!? would have been a great little trip. ?
— Jordan Clerkin 父 (@jclerkin21) June 3, 2019
We wanted lazio
— oscar (@mustbemaiga) June 3, 2019
How very underwhelming
— Paulo (@PauloDisco) June 3, 2019