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Paolo Di Canio questions West Ham's decision to leave Upton Park in emotional Italian TV segment
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Paolo Di Canio questions West Ham's decision to leave Upton Park in emotional Italian TV segment

West Ham United fans are not the happiest bunch this season.

Their biggest beef is with the owners and particularly the move to the London Stadium.

The Hammers left their beloved Upton Park home of 112 years for the former Olympic Stadium in Stratford.

And they have spent three of their four years there battling relegation.

‘Sold a dream, given a nightmare’ and ‘Lies, lies, lies’ are just two of the catchlines emblazoned on banners sported by angry supporters.

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‘You sold your soul for this’

Indeed away fans are regularly heard taunting West Ham with chants of ‘You sold your soul for this sh*thole’.

Many fans and pundits feel the move – and the fact the London Stadium is not designed for football – has played its part in destroying West Ham’s soul.

And Hammers legend Paolo Di Canio agrees with that sentiment.

The much-loved Italian was back in East London recently for a segment on Sky Sports Italia.

Di Canio visits Upton Park as it is now – blocks of flats – and is visibly emotional at what he finds.

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Hammers legend Di Canio returns to Upton Park and he isn’t happy

Speaking on the show, Di Canio said he had hoped West Ham’s memorable farewell season at the famous Boleyn Ground, and particularly the magical 3-2 finale over Manchester United, might change the minds of David Sullivan and David Gold over the move.

It didn’t. And now Di Canio feels he has lost his home.

“Behind me there are buildings,” Di Canio said on Sky Sports Italia.

“Once upon time, there was my home, now it’s someone else’s home, sadly. I have to admit that from that May 10th 2016, I’ve never be back here anymore, since today.”

“After that night (the final game at Upton Park), seeing the people, old men and ladies, families, kids crying, I thought they (the owners) could rethink it (the stadium move).

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‘The home I adored is gone’

“I was hoping for it at least.

“But I know too, that the home that I adored and make me felt in a family, now is gone.”

Another catchline that features on a number of flags and the wall near the old ground is ‘Long Live The Boleyn’.

That sums up the feeling amongst a large section of West Ham supporters.

But nothing can bring it back. And West Ham under the current owners are under lease at the London Stadium for another 94 years.