Banned for life - for throwing a plastic cup

  • by Staff Writer
  • Wednesday, 23rd October 2019

Last week West Ham United came under heavy criticism for banning supporters who dared to pass on tickets to fellow fans for matches they were unable to attend.

And now KUMB has learned that one season ticket holder has been banned, for life, after they threw an empty plastic cup towards the pitch during the last home match against Crystal Palace.

KUMB member Jake1996, who has held a season ticket since 2014 told the KUMB Forum that he received a letter from West Ham informing him that he was being banned for life as a result of the incident.

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Additionally, the Metropolitan Police have been informed of the club's decision and have since contacted the supporter to request that he attends an interview.

"After Jordan Ayew scored, I threw an empty plastic cup at the pitch in frustration," the season ticket holder told KUMB. "I know it was wrong of me.

"Since then the Police have contacted me and I've also received a letter from the club banning me for life, both home and away.

"I know what I did was wrong, but it was a plastic cup - nothing dangerous, like a coin or glass bottle. I would never have thrown it, if it could have caused anyone harm.

"I have been a season ticket holder for more than five years and can't bear the thought of never going to watch West Ham again."

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Whilst the throwing of any objects inside football stadia is strictly prohibited under the 1991 Football (Offences) Act fellow fans responding to the story have unanimously agreed that the club's decision to install a lifetime ban is disproportionate, given the relatively innocuous nature of the offence.

KUMB have since contacted West Ham United FC for comment.

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