David Sullivan has reportedly upset West Ham United fans yet again ahead of the trip to Liverpool on Monday night.
West Ham supporters have been protesting against Sullivan, fellow co-owner David Gold and their vice-chairman Karren Brady this season.
Disaffected fans are deeply unhappy with the way the club has been run and the lack of progress during the owners’s 10-year tenure.
West Ham fans protesting but continue to back their team
But Hammers fans continue to back the team in their numbers by packing out the 60,000 seater London Stadium every other week as well as filling away ends with their famous travelling support.
West Ham fans are planning another protest at Anfield by wearing black and releasing black balloons.
West Ham will take just 1,800 fans to Anfield. It is the first fixture this season the East London club has not taken up the full away allocation – in this case 3,000.
And a new report from The Daily Mail suggests West Ham did not take up the full 3,000 allocation for Anfield to spite the protests.
Report claims owners have upset fans again
When pressed on the issue, The Daily Mail reports that Sullivan told protest group Hammers United they would have to come up with a bond or around £36,000 to cover any unsold tickets if they took the full allocation.
“Sports Agenda can also disclose that, following a complaint, co-owner David Sullivan wrote to independent fans’ group Hammers United and told them if they could provide a bond for the extra 1,200 tickets (the small matter of £36,000 that would be returned if the tickets were sold) then West Ham — in the top 20 of the world’s richest clubs — would ask for them. How generous,” The Daily Mail reports.
“Club insiders insist that the reduced allocation is purely down to demand, deny it has anything to do with the protest and say returns have been made available.”
The claims will do Sullivan and co no favours at all with West Ham fans.
Further protests planned as Hammers battle drop
Another protest is planned for this Saturday’s crucial home game against Southampton.
With the Hammers deep in the relegation mire, David Moyes must realistically look to pick up at least five wins to survive.
Southampton is one of six winnable home games between now and the end of the season.
And West Ham cannot afford any more slip-ups, particularly if they do not pull any rabbits out of the hat in games they are not expected to win, like tonight’s tussle with the champions-elect.