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West Ham United fans have been reacting to a new report from the BBC into football stadium attendances.

West Ham’s move to the former Olympic Stadium has been fraught with issues ever since they won the bid to be the anchor tenant.

Whether it is supporters making it clear they are not happy there, the distance from the stands to the pitch or legal disputes over the colour of the carpet which covers that chasm, barely a day goes by without some form of controversy surrounding the Stratford ground.

Events on the pitch aren’t being helped either.

New manager Manuel Pellegrini has lost his first four Premier League games to leave the Hammers bottom of the fledgling table.

The vultures are out and the dark clouds are already starting to roll in.

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Proof Sullivan and Gold should have stayed at Upton Park?

And now the club has more negative press to contend with relating to the stadium, thanks to the BBC.

A new report from BBC Sport claims Newham council told them the average attendance at West Ham was actually 42,779 based on the 12 games it attended – which is 12,530 fans fewer than the club’s season average figure of 55,309.

The report has sparked angry reactions from West Ham fans for a variety of reasons.

Some supporters feel vindicated over their grievances about the way the stadium move has been handled.

Others feel the statistics are misleading as 56,000 fans have still PAID to be at the match and there is not much the club can do to physically force them to attend, short of revoking season tickets that don’t get used – a system that is already in place.

And there are also fans who feel it is proof owners David Sullivan and David Gold were ‘greedy’ and should have redeveloped Upton Park.

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Fan reactions make for interesting reading

It seems the wide range of opinions are indicative of the division currently eating away at the club.

Above all West Ham’s immediate future on the pitch is paramount.

But in the long term the stadium issues will have to be put to bed if the Hammers are going to enjoy any future success.

Here’s a selection of comments from West Ham fans on Twitter in response to the report.

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