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West Ham Cancelled A Ladies Game Because Fans Wanted The Men To Be The Last To Play At The Boleyn Ground

Masculinity so fragile?

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West Ham United have cancelled a free match featuring the women's team due to supporter complaints.

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The Premier League club are moving to the Olympic Stadium this summer after 112 years at the Boleyn Ground, also known as Upton Park.

A match between West Ham Ladies and an "All Stars" XI had been due to take place on Sunday 5 June.

But some supporters complained that they wanted the final match at the Boleyn to be the men's team's victory over Manchester United earlier this month.

Upton Park West Ham: 2398 games West Ham Ladies: 1 game So that clearly qualifies them to play the last ever spectated game there don't it

#BoycottTheBoleyn If the ladies NEED it to go ahead so much, play it somewhere else. They had their game at the Boleyn in March vs Spurs.

In a statement, West Ham said they had called off the women's team's match in response to “direct comments from supporters, a poll conducted on the official website and fan feedback on social media”.

That's despite 52% of people who responded to the poll being in favour of the match going ahead.

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West Ham Ladies last played at the Boleyn Ground in March, and the club said "dialogue remains open" for future fixtures.

West Ham Ladies joint-chair Stephen Hunt said: “Obviously the Ladies are disappointed but myself and Jack Sullivan will get together over the summer to see what else we can do in the future.”

West Ham's decision to cancel the game attracted criticism online.

West Ham fans vote against the women's team playing last game at Upton Park. So embarrassing and pathetic. https://t.co/Gxk82T1pOh

So sexism wins a disgrace from West ham.to cancel this fixture https://t.co/ddo16DlMV8 @davidgold @david_conn @LewesLadiesFC

#MasculinitySoFragile https://t.co/oDdGyRUyWg

But co-chair David Sullivan's son said it was evidence that the club listened to its fans.

West Ham United. A club where the fans actually have a voice. https://t.co/Eezp3K8Zb2

West Ham United's last game at the Boleyn was a thrilling 3-2 win, but the match was marred by ugly scenes outside the stadium before kickoff.




Matthew Champion is a deputy world news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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