David Gold issues defiant message to West Ham fans after protests and angry scenes at the London Stadium
Tension at the East London club has reached breaking point, following angry protests and pitch invasions during West Ham’s defeat to Burnley on Saturday .
Fans stormed the pitch and headed for the directors box during the match in opposition to the way the club was being run.
Chants of “Sack the board” rang round the London Stadium as growing discontent boiled to the surface, reports football.london .
Club captain Mark Noble was forced to physically restrain one fan who had made his way on to the field of play while another supporter grabbed one of the corner flags and attempted to plant it in the centre circle.
Others remained in their seats singing, “We’re not West Ham anymore” and “Where’s the money gone?” while the referee spoke to both managers about the ongoing situation, but allowed the game to continue.
But Gold, who took control of the club along with David Sullivan in 2010, told Claret & Hugh that he is going no where despite the general ill-feeling from the fans.
“The vast majority are decent people whatever they may feel about us,” he said.
“We were mortified when we had to leave the box – it’s unreal to hear these people saying we have stolen money and that we are liars and cheats. It’s all so wrong.
“It’s not as though they are pointing at a specific issue – they are all generalisations and simply not true.
“I have no objection whatsoever to those who don’t like the way we run the club. Many of them are very decent people who argue their case passionately and intelligently – that’s fine.
“But I will never be driven away from anything by the behaviour I saw today.
“It won’t happen because of all the decent fans out there.”
The club released a statement in the aftermath of the game which read: “West Ham have launched a full and thorough investigation into the crowd trouble at today’s game with Burnley and an emergency meeting of London Stadium stakeholders has been called.”
The Football Association, which looks certain to take firm action, said it “strongly condemns the crowd disturbances seen today at West Ham United versus Burnley and will be seeking observations from West Ham as well as awaiting the match referee’s report.”