West Ham fans have been warned to stop calling 999 with complaints about their team’s continued woes on the pitch.
The Hammers slumped to a 2-0 defeat to Watford on Sunday, in David Moyes’ first game in charge of the club. Fans spent much of the game directing their ire at the club’s owners David Gold and David Sullivan, as well as vice-chairman Karren Brady.
That wasn’t enough for some supporters, however, who then apparently took to contacting the police on their emergency number with complaints about the team.
It evidently got to the point where Essex Police felt the need to comment on the situation.
In a tweet issued in the aftermath of the Hammers’ 2-0 defeat to Watford, Essex police said:
“Ringing 999 because @WestHamUtd have lost again and you aren’t sure what to do is not acceptable! It is a complete waste of our time. #999foremergenciesonly”
— Force Control Room (@EPControlRoom) November 19, 2017
West Ham currently sit third from bottom of the Premier League, a point off safety.
Earlier this season, the Hammers dispensed with the services of manager Slaven Bilic in a move welcomed by most supporters.
However, the decision to then replace him with Moyes was met with anger from the fans. Moyes has endured a rotten run in the dugout over the past few years, having taken Sunderland down to the Championship last season.
Prior to that, the former Everton boss had endured difficult spells with Real Sociedad and Manchester United. Despite the poor start and negative response to his appointment, Moyes has called for unity.
“We need a united club,” he said after the Watford loss.
“I know that’s hard if you have grievances but I said to the players at the end that it’s hard to play when the crowd’s like that. The small things can make a big difference but I can understand their frustration because we didn’t play well enough. We need to find a way to make sure we get the club together.”
West Ham next face Leicester in the Premier League.
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