West Ham United fire warning to fans ahead of Tottenham Hotspur clash at London Stadium this weekend.

There is no love lost between West Ham and Tottenham.

The rivalry has intensified over the years and Sunday’s clash comes at a time where West Ham are in the ascendancy having been transformed by David Moyes.

The Hammers are a club on the up while Tottenham have fallen well below the standards set during the Mauricio Pochettino reign.

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West Ham warmed up for Sunday’s derby with bitter rivals Tottenham in style with a 3-0 win over Genk in the Europa League.

Tottenham meanwhile were beaten 1-0 by Vitesse Arnhem in the Conference League.

Spurs boss Nuno Espirito Santo made his priorities clear when he made sweeping changes to his side in order to rest the first team for the game at West Ham.

And it showed as they were beaten by a side sitting sixth in the Dutch top flight and face an uphill battle to qualify from their group.

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Moyes made changes too but West Ham remained strong.

The Hammers beat famously came back from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 at Tottenham just over a year ago.

And West Ham beat Spurs 2-1 in the reverse fixture at the London Stadium to set Jose Mourinho on his way out of the exit door.

Now the two sides come face-to-face again in east London.

The Hammers have thanked fans for their support in what has been a jam-packed season with the West Ham faithful following their team over land and sea.

The Tottenham game is the second of three home games in six days for the Hammers.

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‘Thank you but…’ West Ham fire warning to fans ahead of Tottenham clash in club statement

But West Ham have issued a statement warning supporters to be on their best behaviour.

 

“As we all prepare for and look forward to a run of three exciting home fixtures at London Stadium in the space of just six days, the Club would like to reiterate its thanks to our supporters for your continued magnificent backing,” West Ham said in a statement titled ‘A message to all supporters’.

“The support, as part of full capacity crowds at every Premier League fixture and during the Club’s historic opening UEFA Europa League group H home game against Rapid Wien, has been amazing. 

“This week is another opportunity to continue to show the passion and pride that makes our fans famous around the world, and to illustrate the effect your positive backing can have on the team throughout each match.

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“Everyone at the Club recognises that each and every supporter is an ambassador for West Ham United. 

“West Ham United is an inclusive football club. Regardless of age, race, disability, religion, gender or sexual orientation, every supporter within our diverse fanbase should be free to enjoy watching their team play football without fear, discrimination or abuse. And we remain committed to ensuring that everyone inside stadiums feels safe, respected and included.

“So let us demonstrate together that there is simply no place in football for abuse, discrimination or bigotry of any form, and ensure that football – and hopefully some more great results for the Hammers – are what people are talking about in the days following the games.

“This Sunday, we will be supporting No Room For Racism, the Premier League’s dedicated campaign urging fans up and down the country to challenge and report discriminatory behaviour wherever they see it.

“As we know, the encounter against our London rivals Tottenham Hotspur is a unique and special date in the fixture calendar. Emotions run high, the atmosphere in the stadium is intense, and players have the chance to create memories that are never forgotten.

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“We can all play our part in supporting the effort to eradicate discrimination by ensuring that we report any incidents. If you happen to see or hear anything on Sunday, or at any other fixture at London Stadium, that you consider unacceptable, it is important that you report anything of this nature to the relevant authorities as soon as possible to ensure it is investigated fully.”

The warning comes after alleged antisemitic abuse of Spurs supporters by some West Ham fans over the years (The Guardian).

One thing is for sure the London Stadium will be bouncing on Sunday.

A win will see West Ham go above Spurs in the table and could rise up to fourth at the quarter-way stage of the season.

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