Mark Noble has upset a few West Ham United fans for claiming that most spectators “don’t really understand the game”.
In an interview with Sky Sports News the club captain responded to criticism that he has faced of late, with many fans calling for manager Slaven Bilic to drop him.
The 29-year-old, who is closing in on 400 appearances for the East London outfit, has started all but two of the Hammers’ 28 Premier League matches this season.
In some quarters of the club’s following, Noble’s performances have not impressed, but the man himself has answered back by questioning the fans’ knowledge.
He told the broadcaster:
“If I am really honest, a lot of people who now go to football don’t really understand the game. Football is a game of moments now and if someone does four step-overs, they’ve had an incredible game. That’s not something I do. It’s just football, you’ve got to live with it.”
West Ham have had a difficult campaign, mainly due to issues off it, with the summer move to the London Stadium causing problems among fans.
In addition, Dimitri Payet’s decision to force a move away from the Hammers caused some disruption in January.
Noble’s frank comments have not been taken well by a number of West Ham supporters, who feel that their captain is insulting them.
@Noble16Mark I like you. But to suggest that anyone criticising you doesn't understand football? Bit arrogant.
— Loz ???????????? (@__incroyable__) March 14, 2017
@Noble16Mark I don't understand football but know continuesly hitting the first man from a corner isn't what's supposed to happen…
— LV Irons (@Hammer197952) March 14, 2017
Just because Mark Noble says it, does it make it true? Remember when he said this club wasn't run like a circus anymore?
Actions & words? https://t.co/BgYVyqVlVA
— Hammer&Talk (@hammerandtalk) March 14, 2017
@Noble16Mark saying us fans don't understand the game, has to be up there with Big Fat Sam calling us delusional. Both are melts to be fair.
— Möè (@MOEWHU) March 14, 2017
Mark Noble is officially deluded https://t.co/W2q9xDtTzC
— alex (@AlexFynn) March 14, 2017
— Richard langton (@richard_langton) March 14, 2017
@Noble16Mark why have you said fans have no idea about football Mark ? Just cos your getting bit of criticism you can't turn on us now
— Stevie taylor (@StevieT1969) March 14, 2017