2007.02.14 sent to: yourcomments@westhamunited.co.uk

Dear sir/madam,

My name is Kevin Marshall, I am 34, a huge a fan of Premiership football and have been a Spurs supporter since the age of 6.

My disgust for unpunished blatant cheating in The Premiership has reached such levels that I have, from today, committed part of my free time to starting a pressure website against cheating.

It is sportscheat.wordpress.com.

In it we encourage people to (1) sign a petition against cheating, (2) send emails to the FIFA, the FA and Barclays, sponsors of the Premiership, (3) boycott products that sponsor cheats.

It turns out I am not the only one upset. With limited publicity (mention on a couple of blogs) the petition is already up to 50 signatories in just a few hours and the site has 100s of hits. So I have expanded it to include sections where owners and coaches can go on the record stating that they:

“Support retroactive punishment including the banning of players and deduction of points from teams in order to eradicate blatant cheating.”

It is quite simple: if players know a judging panel will deduct points, possibly even more than they gain through cheating, the incentive to cheat (professional fouls, simulation, call it them what you will) disappears entirely.

I have 2 tough questions:
(1) Does West Ham support cheating in football?
(2) Will West Ham’s Owner, Eggert Magnússon and Manager, Alan Curbishley go on the record supporting the above retroactive penalties for players and clubs. If not, why not?

Since West Ham are always near the top of the fair play leagues in recent times I do hope your answers are simply “yes” and “yes”.

Please visit the site and consider becoming involved.

midnightjester

2007.02.15 we received this autoreply: note the lack of promised address at the bottom.

Thank you for contacting West Ham United FC.

Please note that while we endeavour to answer all enquiries that are sent to us, due to the large number of messages that are received we regret that we cannot operate an interactive service and therefore cannot guarantee a reply.

Therefore if your message is urgent and non ticket related we would ask you to contact the club direct on 0208 548 2748. If however you have a ticket related query regarding either a purchase you have made or availability relating to a forthcoming fixture we would recommend that you contact the ticket office direct on 0870 112 2700 or alternatively check the official website for all available ticket information.

Anyone wishing to receive a personal response from the chairman must write in to the club at the address given below.

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