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Some West Ham fans savage club's owners despite high praise from London Mayor Sadiq Khan
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Some West Ham fans savage club's owners despite high praise from London Mayor Sadiq Khan

Fans have been reacting after London Mayor Sadiq Khan praised West Ham United on social media.

West Ham announced that the club had achieved the Mayor of London’s Good Work Standard, becoming the first Premier League team to be awarded the status (whufc.com).

The award is recognition of West Ham’s commitment to its staff and providing the best possible working conditions.

West Ham have been making headlines for all the wrong reasons this season.

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West Ham in crisis on and off the pitch

On and off the pitch the Hammers are in crisis.

Mired in the relegation battle, fans are protesting against owners David Sullivan, David Gold and their vice-chairman Karren Brady.

West Ham’s owners have been criticised by the national media as a result.

And the club itself has admitted staying up is a ‘necessity’ to stave off financial problems (BBC Sport).

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London Mayor salutes West Ham

There was a rare snippet of positive news about the East London club this weekend, though, when London Mayor Sadiq Khan delivered some high praise about the accreditation.

“Congratulations to West Ham, who are the first football club to become a Good Work Standard employer, showing their commitment to the best employment practices,” Khan said on Twitter.

“I’m calling on all London’s clubs to do the same. Start today.”

West Ham fans, famous for their terrace wit and self-deprecation, wasted little time jumping on the message, though.

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High praise backfires on West Ham owners

Here are a selection of reactions to Khan’s post from some fans.