Upton Park and White Hart Lane masses sharpening objects as we speak apparently?
West Ham owner David Sullivan has warned there will be riots in east London if rivals Tottenham move to the Olympic Park stadium after the Games.
Sullivan fears ‘civil unrest’ due to massive opposition from football fans in the West Ham heartland to Tottenham’s proposed relocation.
He said: ‘It would be such a slap in the face to east London. If it happens, there will be real problems that could easily lead to civil unrest.
‘I think there could be riots, such is the ill feeling between West Ham and Spurs and I know the police feel the same.’
A Tottenham relocation emerged on Tuesday as a strong possibility, with sports and entertainment company AEG, who are partnering Tottenham in their official proposal to the 2012 legacy company, putting their considerable weight behind it.
As well as alienating West Ham, who had talks with AEG before they linked up with Spurs, the plan not to include a running track in the football conversion will infuriate London 2012, who have made repeated pledges that track and field will be a permanent legacy from the Games.
Spurs fans, who have not been consulted on moving from Tottenham High Road, will be exercised further by the transfer to Stratford looking increasingly like the preferred option rather than merely a back-up to the Northumberland Development Project at White Hart Lane.
Sullivan said: ‘I feel very let down by Tottenham. The way they do business is not right. They pinched Eidur Gudjohnsen off us after we brought him from Barcelona for talks. He just disappeared from the hotel. And the way they unsettled Scott Parker was appalling. (Daily Mail)
Would fans of the two clubs really riot over any decision relating to the Olympic Stadium? Most talk over such a move seems to gain a fairly muted response from Hammers and Spurs supporters and whilst it wouldn’t take much for the two warring factions to come to blows I don’t see it being as a result of who gets to move into the stadium once the London 2012 Games are completed.
This could be David Sullivan’s way to force the issue. He is in essence implying that if West Ham don’t get their way then people may get hurt which is a fairly scurrilous assertion to make and also paints his own fans in a fairly bad light. After all he is not suggesting that riots would begin if they DO get the stadium? Will the masses from White Hart Lane then run amok?
Over to the fans. Do either set of supporters feel they will ‘kick-off’ if they don’t get to move in the brand spanking new stadium?