West Ham Independent Supporters’ Association’s vice chairman says a breakdown in dialogue with fans over the running of the club led to Saturday’s protests.
A number of fans invaded the pitch on several occasions during Saturday’s 3-0 defeat to Burnley, while a large group of other fans congregated beneath the directors’ box to protest against the club’s board.
Paul Turner says the group do not condone any criminal activity including pitch invasions and believes the protests have manifested as a result of some fans not feeling listened to by the club.
Mark Noble clashed with a fan that encroached the pitch as disorder occurred
The FA are considering charging West Ham following Saturday’s supporter unrest, and are currently awaiting the club’s observations.
“Unfortunately we seem to be in a situation now where a number of people feel their opinion hasn’t been listened to or their opinions haven’t been heard by the current ownership,” Turner told Sky Sports News.
“A number of things have manifested themselves, which unfortunately domestically and internationally everyone saw on Saturday.”
The FA are considering charging West Ham over the supporter unrest
West Ham’s income has doubled over the last five years, with spending on players also having doubled during that time, but Turner questioned the club’s “real investment” in the football team.
During the January transfer window, West Ham signed Jordan Hugill from Preston North End and secured Inter Milan’s Joao Mario on loan, before adding free agent Patrica Evra to the squad in February.
Asked what more the owners could have done, having increased player spending, Turner said: “You could see investment in the football team itself.
“There seems to be a real disconnect between announcements of the 17th highest revenue-earning football team, the 10th highest wage in the Premier League. But actually where is the real investment in the football team?
“On the pitch the options for the manager where there seems to be a lack of quality at times in the squad, where it gets to the point you have to bring in Patrice Evra in February just as soon as the January transfer window closes because you can’t invest and recruit properly.
“Most transfers you can agree a fee but you have to agree a lot more behind it to get it over the line. We as a football club, the way we’re being run at the moment, it doesn’t seem like they can recruit appropriately and properly to give the manager the best options on the pitch on a Saturday.”