Text  Larger | Smaller | Default


Brady apologises - to 'the vast majority'

Filed: Saturday, 17th March 2018
By: Staff Writer

Karren Brady has issued an apology to "the vast majority" of West Ham United fans who were present at last week's Burnley game.

Brady, speaking via her tabloid newspaper column on Saturday rather grandly claimed that the noisy but peaceful anti-Board protest was "one of the most painful days in the history of the club".

Not a single supporter was either seriously hurt or injured during the protest, which took place during the second half of last weekend's match. Still, Brady - who was involved in meetings with the Safety Advisory Board this week - insisted that the safety of fans inside the stadium was paramount.

Embed from Getty Images

"I want to put on record that the Board of West Ham United would like to offer our sincere apologies to the vast majority of our supporters who turned up to support their club, lots of them with young children who sat and tried to continue to support their team," she wrote.

"I also pledge to you that nothing – and I mean nothing – is more important to us now than ensuring that you are able to come and support the team safely when we play Southampton on 31 March and all future games.

"Saturday hurt everyone associated with the football club deeply and no one more than our captain Mark Noble - the most recent in a proud line of deeply committed and passionate homegrown heroes.

"We are acting fast on the recommendations and findings of the Safety Advisory Group meeting which took place on Thursday following a series of emergency meetings called by the club. We are fully aware of the responsibility we have to guarantee our supporters’ safety, and nothing comes before that."

Embed from Getty Images

Brady also stated in her column that the club "take full responsibility for our predicament" - before appearing to do exactly the opposite by listing a string of excuses for the club's current malaise.

"Spending on transfers and wages has doubled over past five years," she added. "A club-record £80million was spent on players in 2016/17. Our wage bill of £105million compares with top flight Premier League clubs. Some may argue that the money has not been invested well enough, but it has been invested.

"Moving home ranks top in most stress lists. It’s difficult for everyone to move. In reality when you move to a new house it is empty and without personality. Over time you make it a home. We have been trying very hard to make our stadium home.

"Sadly, the lack of collaboration and dialogue [with Mayor Khan] prior to this has led us in sheer desperation to pursue the legal route around matters, [to ensure] the Stadium has the look and feel of our home ground which we always understood was of paramount importance to our supporters."

Related News

   arrow   Hackney site closed by lethal odour [16th Oct 2018]
   arrow   In brief - Thursday's news round-up [4th Oct 2018]
   arrow   In brief - Wednesday's news round-up [12th Sep 2018]
   arrow   The lady's not for turning, Brady tells LLDC [11th Sep 2018]
   arrow   In brief - Tuesday's news round-up [11th Sep 2018]
   arrow   You've gotta have faith [10th Sep 2018]
   arrow   In brief - Friday's news round-up [24th Aug 2018]
   arrow   Give us our honours back! [23rd Aug 2018]
   arrow   Pellegrini: the first press conference [24th Jul 2018]
   arrow   Mayor blasts flawed decision to invest in OS [17th Jul 2018]

Your Comments

Please note that this section is for comments relating to the above news item only. Any off-topic or abusive posts will be removed. Posts including either links and/or foul language are automatically filtered and will not be published. To engage in further discussion on any of our news stories, visit the KUMB Forums.

Not a member of the KUMB Forums? You may register for free membership here.

comments powered by Disqus
News Image

On This Day ...

One Year Ago
Valencia owner requests OS meeting
Valencia owner Peter Lim is reported to have requested a meeting with West ...more
Three Years Ago
Crystal Palace 1-3 West Ham United
West Ham's unbeaten run away from home in the Premier League this season continued at Selhurst Park ...more
Five Years Ago
The KUMB.com Podcast: with Billy Bonds
The Knees up Mother Brown podcast is back with a bang - and available for download now......more