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  • by Staff Writer
  • Friday, 22nd November 2019

David Gold and David Sullivan have written to West Ham supporters ahead of tomorrow's Premier League clash with Tottenham Hotspur.

In what has become an annual message published on the club's website on behalf of the two co-owners, fans have been reminded of their responsibilities ahead of this weekend's London derby.

In it, Sullivan and Gold insist that there is no place for abuse in the game and ask that anyone witnessing any examples of such behaviour report their concerns to the relevant authorities.

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"Saturday's encounter is a unique and special date in the calendar - the match that many of us first look for when the fixtures come out in the summer," read a statement signed by the duo.

"It is an opportunity to show the passion and pride that makes our supporters famous around the world, and to illustrate the effect your positive backing can have on the team throughout the game.

"However, we also must remember that every supporter attending the game is acting as an ambassador for West Ham United and their behaviour should always reflect the values and standards that we hold dear.

"Passion and emotion should never spill over into hatred.

"Let us prove that there is simply no place in football for abuse, discrimination or bigotry of any form, and ensure that football, and a hopefully a great result for the Hammers, are what people are talking about in the days following the game.

"In the event that you happen to see or hear anything on Saturday you consider unacceptable, it is important that you report anything of this nature to the relevant authorities to ensure it is investigated fully."

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