West Ham co-chairman David Gold says he “doesn’t care about” fans standing at the Olympic Stadium.
West Ham were forced to reduce the capacity of the stadium from 60,000 to 57,000 for Sunday’s date with Bournemouth after supporters persistently stood up during West Ham’s first two games against NK Domzale and a friendly against Juventus.
Newham Council made the decision to cut the capacity as a safety precaution after a discussion with the London Stadium Safety Advisory Group (LSSAG).
Gold, who claimed that stewards were not able to cope with the volume of fans who were standing, has waded into the debate and tweeted: “PERSONALLY I don’t care fans standing but I care about our Licence, the young and elderly that can’t see the game.”
PERSONALLY I don't care fans standing but I care about our Licence, the young and elderly that can't see the game dg https://t.co/sIeRrTOgEw
— David Gold (@davidgold) August 23, 2016
West Ham also apologised after fans were forced to stand up for the duration of the win over Bournemouth due to missing seats.
A tweet by one fan went viral after he shared a picture of a number of supporters sitting on concrete steps during Sunday’s match.
— Paul (@PreMatchMeal) August 21, 2016
He then wrote: “Why isn’t there seats in block 214 row 72 and 73? Just asking like. We’ve paid for them.”
Brady responded on Monday, apologising and promising him some form of recompense.
@PreMatchMeal I can only apologise LS185 say admin error we will make sure it is rectified LS185 will be compensating 56 supporters affected
— Lady Brady (@karren_brady) August 22, 2016