Vladimir Coufal deletes social media post after abuse from so-called West Ham fans but real supporters rally.
West Ham played out a 1-1 draw with Southampton on Sunday, a result which left many Hammers supporters and manager David Moyes frustrated.
The east Londoners had enough opportunities to win three games but it took a special strike from Declan Rice to save the day after the officials had somehow allowed Southampton’s opener to stand.
With huge defensive problems, Moyes was forced to start all four of his senior first team fullbacks in the same team.
Coufal started at right wingback.
West Ham’s fan favourite Czech defender is one of several players struggling to rediscover their best form.
Coufal himself would probably be the first to admit that.
The fullback, along with Aaron Cresswell, was guilty of wasting numerous crosses, too often hitting the defender or failing to pick out a teammate.
But, as ever, Coufal gave his all for the team with his attitude and desire never in question.
So what happened to him after the match left a bitter taste.
Vladimir Coufal deletes social media post after abuse from so-called West Ham fans but real supporters rally
Coufal deleted a social media post after abuse from so-called West Ham fans but real supporters rally behind him.
Just a few months ago the defender was being hailed a cult hero after unforgettably walking head-on through thousands of Eintracht Frankfurt fans who had invaded the pitch after our Europa League semi-final defeat in Germany just to applaud and thank the travelling Hammers support.
But after posting a message about the Saints game on Twitter, Coufal was abused by a minority of so-called West Ham fans.
And the cruel messages clearly affected Coufal as he deleted his post.
We all have our opinions on players and part of football is discussing and debating them.
But to actually target a player who has been a leading figure, on and off the pitch, in West Ham’s resurgence from pathetic relegation candidates to a genuine European outfit is bang out of order.
The great thing about West Ham, though, is that the true fans will always have their players’ backs.
And Hammers supporters rallied around Coufal, sending him messages of support and posting pictures of him online.