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West Ham Supporters group snub Brady's new fans board

PUBLISHED: 11:30 26 October 2018 | UPDATED: 11:52 26 October 2018

John Ratowski and Lew Ozarow of WHUISA

John Ratowski and Lew Ozarow of WHUISA

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WHUISA slam lack of transparency and making the same mistakes

Karren Brady vice chair of West Ham UnitedKarren Brady vice chair of West Ham United

West Ham United Independent Supporters Association (WHUISA) have delivered a snub to the club after opting not to join the new Supporters Board when it is set up.

The Association has around 4,500 members and is affiliated to the Football Supporters Federation, but its powerful voice will not be heard when the new board is launched.

In a statement from WHUISA they said: “When West Ham announced the decision to abolish the discredited and unpopular SAB, they invited views and suggested the new body will be more democratic and transparent.

“WHUISA entered into the spirit of things on behalf of our members and contributed several ideas to make the new body more representative of the fan base attending the London Stadium.

“The club didn’t reply and despite representations and offers to meet from National Fan Organisations and WHUISA, the club went ahead with a model that is barely changed from the previous regime.”

WHUISA chairman John Ratowski said: “Einstein said ‘the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results’ and by that definition, this proposal is insane.”

“The WHUSB is no different to the discredited SAB, an organisation which was widely loathed by the majority of supporters.”

“We call on Karren Brady and the board to meet with WHUISA, the Football Supporters Federation and Supporters Direct to come up with a plan that is democratic, transparent and representative.”

West Ham declined to comment.

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