Aston Villa’s owners have put West Ham United to shame not only in the transfer market but also the way they treat supporters.

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West Ham finished one place above Aston Villa last season as both clubs scraped Premier League survival.

Villa have since spent over £100 million improving their team while West Ham are the only club in the Premier League not to have made a new signing this window.

The Hammers have started the season with back-to-back defeats and face a horrendous run of fixtures.

Meanwhile Villa have won their only league game so far, 1-0 against Sheffield United.

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Aston Villa and co putting West Ham to shame over season ticket approach

There is huge unrest at West Ham. Unpopular co-owner David Sullivan had the audacity to blame fans for the mess the club is in (talkSPORT) just days after it was announced a massive 88% of season ticket holders- over 44,000 – renewed for the current campaign (whufc.com).

But not only are Aston Villa putting West Ham to shame in the transfer window.

The owners are doing the same with the way they treat supporters.

That’s because while West Ham have effectively been taking money from fans in the form of an interest free loan in the middle of a pandemic, Villa’s hierarchy have announced a very different approach.

Aston Villa will not be taking season ticket money from supporters while crowds cannot go to football.

If limited crowds do eventually return – which is not likely before next March – then tickets will be sold to 2019/20 season ticket holders in the form of a ballot.

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Journalist hits out at Hammers hierarchy

West Brom, Leicester City, Liverpool, Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers – to name but a few – have all adopted the same approach.

Telegraph football journalist Matt Law is an Aston Villa fan living in Stratford.

He has been outspoken over Sullivan and Gold in the recent past, most notably when appearing as a guest on Sky Sports’s Sunday Supplement earlier this year.

 

The West Ham owners complained about comments from Law and other reporters on the show and Sky were forced to issue an apology (Daily Mail).

Law pointed out the stark contrast between the Villa and West Ham approach to season tickets.

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‘It grieves me how wrong they are getting everything’

And he said it pains him to see the way his local claret and blues are run.

“Good on Aston Villa taking no season ticket money off supporters while crowds cannot go to football,” Law said on Twitter.

“If limited crowds return then tickets sold to 2019/20 season ticket holders on a ballot basis. Puts those who have essentially taken interest free loans from their fans to shame.

“I’m a Villa fan living just a few miles from Stratford and it grieves me to see how wrong West Ham’s owners are getting everything.”

It comes after West Ham co-owner Sullivan did an extraordinary – even by is standards – interview with talkSPORT in which he blamed Manuel Pellegrini, Covid-19 and even West Ham’s loyal fans for the club’s current predicament.

When asked his view on the interview, Law responded: “I heard a lot of excuses.”

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