West Ham United have been dismissed by their London rivals over plans to ban troublemakers from stadiums in the capital.
West Ham fans have been protesting against co-owners David Sullivan, David Gold and their vice-chairman Karren Brady this season.
A large section of supporters are unhappy with the way the club has been run over the last 10 years.
West Ham owners in turmoil with fans amid protests
More than 8,000 fans joined a peaceful march before the win over Southampton and another protest is planned ahead of the Burnley game next month.
The protests have been organised and law-abiding. They come after angry fans invaded the pitch during a 3-0 defeat to Burnley in March 2018.
Now The Daily Mail has revealed that West Ham have been working behind the scenes to agree a first of it’s kind London Charter with other clubs in the capital.
The Mail claims the Hammers hierarchy wanted Tottenham, Arsenal and Chelsea to sign a peace pact aimed at bringing in a ‘groundbreaking cohesive approach to crowd trouble’ following a series of crowd disorder incidents.
Hammers board wanted London Charter to ban troublemakers
Under the proposals, anyone found to be misbehaving at one London venue would have been banned from all of the capital’s top flight grounds, regardless of where the offence took place.
But West Ham’s idea – which also included a set of principles to tackle hooligans – received a ‘lukewarm’ response and their London rivals reportedly saw the plan as ‘naive’.
“The Hammers say that the plans have been ditched after the Premier League subsequently decided last month to bring in a groundwide ban across the league for supporters who have been banned from one stadium for violent or abusive behaviour, following a flare attack on the home of Manchester United executive vice chairman Ed Woodward,” The Mail reports.
“However, sources have disclosed that the proposals received a ‘lukewarm’ reception from a number of other clubs in the capital with some having informed the Hammers that they were unwilling to support the idea before it was canned.
West Ham labelled ‘naive’ over scrapped plans
“In a move a source at another club decided as ‘naïve’, West Ham officials wanted their neighbours to agree to a set of principles that would usher in a collective, consistent approach to tackling hooligans. In theory, each would have brought in their own London Charter team to ensure that the new policy was adhered to and carried out.”
Most daminingly for Sullivan, Gold and Brady, though, the report claims there was scepticism over the validity of West Ham leading such a project given their relationship with their own fans is shot to pieces.
But a West Ham spokesman told The Mail the plans were only scrapped because the Premier League have since announced that any supporter banned from a Premier League club will be banned from attending any Premier League match nationally.
“After all, we all want to achieve the same which is to do everything we can to reduce any form of discrimination in football and society,” a West Ham spokesperson told The Mail.