The West Ham United Independent Supporters Association (WHUISA), using Freedom of Information legislation have been provided with a document that was commissioned by the Premier League (EPL) in an effort to support the EPL decision to hold the league game between Tottenham Hotspurs and West Ham United on 31st December 2017 (ultimately played on the 4th January 2018).
The main take aways and suggestions from the document are:
- "Transport for London (TfL)..state it would be “impossible”... to provide a basic level of service"
“Ticket sales to WHUFC supporters will be tightly controlled with sales being made only to Members and season ticket holders who are known to the club”
- “Upon purchasing a ticket, fans will agree to additional terms and conditions which requires them to travel to and from Wembley Stadium in officially provided coaches (from a designated pick up point where they will be issued with their tickets) and agree to being accommodated within the stadium for as long as is necessary after the final whistle where non-alcoholic refreshments and entertainment will be provided”
“That the PL, Wembley Stadium and THFC implement an enhanced and revised stewarding plan for both the event footprint (stadium and concourse) and wider event area (main thoroughfares, transport nodes, etc.) which:
• Prevents disorder inside the stadium
• Provides a highly visible deterrent to disorder outside the stadium
• Ensures fans can be effectively managed around the stadium and kept segregated at all times
• Manages the arrival and departure of WHUFC fans and their coaches, in conjunction with the MPS, in a safe and crime-free manner
• Ensures the integrity of the queueing system along Olympic Way and works in collaboration with BTP to present patrons to the threshold of the Station(s) in an orderly and safe manner (thereby reducing the likelihood of spontaneous station closures at short notice by station staff)”
People are able to read the document in full for themselves at the hyperlink below: