Garth Crooks was critical of the the West Ham fans for taking part in a protest march before the Southampton game, when writing his weekly column for BBC Sport.

A protest march was organised by Hammers United before the Saints clash, with up to 7,000 fans taking part, according to BBC Sport.

The Hammers went on to beat Southampton, and the fans inside the London Stadium really got behind the team.

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A large number of the West Ham faithful are not happy with the manner in which their football club is being run by David Sullivan and David Gold, however.

And perhaps Saturday’s protest would have drawn more attention to that fact.

 

Crooks suggested that protesting on the day of a game might not have been the wisest move, however, when writing his regular column for BBC Sport:

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“Hammers fans might be disgruntled with the owners but protesting on a match-day before a relegation battle is about to take place… is that really the time?”

A lot of pundits seem to be missing the point about this. The day of the protest is actually irrelevant. It shouldn’t affect the players, because the fans get right behind them inside the stadium.

And as the protests gather more traction and in turn, multiple in numbers, the West Ham owners will surely have to start paying attention to the the Hammers’ fans concerns.

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