West Ham fans tie up police phone after another loss
POLICE have warned West Ham fans to stop calling the emergency services number 999 to complain about their team, which is languishing in the Premier League relegation zone.
The Hammers lost 2-0 at Watford over thje weekend in David Moyes's first match in charge.
Some supporters have been taking their grievances too far, with the Essex Police Force control room urging them to stop using the emergency number.
A tweet from the @EPControlRoom account read: "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.”
It said 999 was for emergencies only.
The control room then had to defend itself from people not believing it was true.
"This was a genuine call we received this evening. It's not an attention seeking tweet, it is trying to raise awareness to the calls we have to deal with. They aren't all football related, but we receive hundreds of 999 calls daily that don't warrant taking away an emergency line.”
Sections of the visiting support chanted "sack the board” during the match as the team remained 18th in the Premier League table.
Captain Mark Noble said he understood the fans' frustrations.
"The fans show their emotions, and rightly so because they're not happy and they pay a lot of money to come and watch us,” he said.