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Supporters bemused as club announce constructive talks result in end to protest

Filed: Friday, 2nd March 2018
By: Staff Writer

West Ham United have announced they have reached an agreement with the Real West Ham Fans Action Group to cancel next weekend's proposed protest - yet fans have declared they intend to march regardless.

A statement was published on the club's website last night in which vice-chair Karren Brady claimed that talks with various West Ham groups had concluded to their satisfaction, with the march - planned for the morning of 10 March - having been cancelled.

"We are grateful the supporters‘ groups have taken this decision and in doing so have acknowledged that together we are stronger," she said.

"We have held constructive talks aimed at improving the London Stadium, making it look and feel like the home of West Ham United, improving the match-day experience and other areas of concern.

"We will endeavour to communicate the changes as and when they happen so that everyone can have confidence in the process. I want to assure our supporters our primary goal is to make them proud of the Club they follow."

The vice-chair's thoughts were backed by David Gold and Sullivan, who released a joint statement moments after the news was confirmed.

"Our supporters are the heart and soul of the Club, a rich part of its glorious past and, most importantly, the cornerstone of its future. We fully understand our role to act only as custodians," read the statement.

"We have always sought to have an open and transparent relationship with our supporters and we will continue to work with all our supporters’ representatives in the best interests of our football club. We have listened carefully to what they are saying and have already begun a programme of improvement.

"Whilst we know it will take time, we hope and believe that the work we are carrying out together will deliver a real, long-term benefit for all supporters of West Ham United."

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However the club's congratulatory tone was in stark contrast to that of many supporters, who reacted to the news by insisting that they would continue to march in order to deliver a vote of no confidence in the Board - despite the RWHFAG having decided to pull out of any further negotiations.

One Facebook group that said they still intend to proceed with the protest are Crossed Hammers, who saw their membership figure rise by almost a third to 6,000 in the space of just two hours last night. At the same time, club forums and social media were ablaze with activity from fans insisting that they too would persist with plans to march.

Meanwhile, vice-chair Brady's claim that "the supporters groups" had agreed to cancel the protest was dismissed by several of those who had previously been involved in negotiations with the club.

Representatives of Hammers Chat, WHUISA and KUMB all subsequently revealed that they had not been canvassed prior to the decision to cancel being made, whilst expressing their surprise at the club's claims. As a result, many supporters have effectively declared the agreement to be null and void.

Already today attempts to resurrect the march have begun, with supporter groups combining their efforts with view to pushing ahead with the protest which has been dubbed 'M10M'.

KUMB understands that dialogue has already been opened with Police and local authorities with view to staging the march along the same route previously agreed to by the Met and the RWHFAG.

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