West Ham United are being urged to boycott this weekend’s huge clash with London rivals Chelsea.
West Ham one win from title in revised table amid Super League plans
The Hammers are on course for their best top flight season in 35 years.
But West Ham’s hopes of securing a dream Champions League spot took a hit in the 3-2 defeat to Newcastle United at the weekend.
Liverpool and Chelsea now have the chance to go above West Ham when they play Leeds and Brighton tonight and tomorrow respectively.
Setback for West Ham’s Champions League hopes as huge six-pointer against Chelsea looms large
But West Ham are still very much in the mix with a huge European six pointer against Chelsea this weekend.
The game has been given a new perspective in light of the bombshell news emerging overnight that Chelsea are one of six Premier League clubs breaking away to form a hugely controversial European Super League.
Fans of West Ham and from across the football pyramid – including those of the “big six” clubs involved – are up in arms over the plans.
Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville was one of the most outspoken about the plans for a Super League last night, winning widespread praise from West Ham fans and people across the football pyramid.
Fans up in arms over controversial Super League plans
He said the clubs involved should be immediately sanctioned with points deductions or expulsion from the Premier League and European competition (Sky Sports).
The Premier League itself commented on the breakaway in a statement, saying a super league would “destroy” the premise of open competition.
“Fans of any club in England and across Europe can currently dream that their team may climb to the top and play against the best,” said the statement.
“We believe that the concept of a European Super League would destroy this dream.”
UEFA was similarly critical in a joint-statement with the English FA, Premier League, Spanish FA, La Liga, the Italian FA and Serie A. The governing body threatened to ban participating clubs from their domestic competitions.
Football fans have called for the clubs involved to be sanctioned with points deductions, fines and even expulsion.
West Ham fans call on club to boycott Chelsea match ‘for the good of the game’
And many West Ham supporters are calling for the club to take a stand and boycott the crunch game against Chelsea ‘for the good of the game’.
Here are a selection of comments from fans on boycotting the Chelsea game.