David Gold wades into row over standing at Olympic Stadium

West Ham co chairman David Gold

West Ham United co-owner David Gold has entered the row brewing over standing at the club's new Olympic Stadium home.

West Ham co chairman David GoldWest Ham co-owner David Gold

The Hammers brought the curtain down on 112 years of history at their beloved Boleyn Ground at the end of the season with a thrilling 3-2 victory over Manchester United.

And all eyes have been on their big move to the 60,000 seater arena down the road in Stratford.

The stadium transformation has been moving at a pace with some predictable teething problems still to be ironed out following the first two games at the Olympic Stadium against Slovenian side NK Domzale in the Europa League and Juventus in a friendly at the weekend.

	West Ham's co owner David Gold poses outside the construction of the Olympic Stadium.  West Ham have proposed to take over the Olympic Stadium after the 2012 London OlympicsGold outside the Olympic Stadium

'I'm not telling...I'm asking'

Following those games a row over standing has erupted on social media with the club emailing all of its 52,000 season ticket holders - second only to Manchester United - urging them to remain seated.

Now David Gold has waded into the debate on Twitter, reminding supporters there will be no tolerance of persistent standing.

Responding to a tweet from a supporter, Gold said: "Hang on Brad if your 85 year old grandad was sitting behind you would you stand and tell him to stop 'moaning'.

"I'm not telling you to sit down. I'm asking you to sit down on behalf of an old man who is too frightened to ask you.

"We have a license for a 60k seater stadium the clue is in the wording. Sitting fans are not breaking the rules.

"Until we resolve it to everybody's satisfaction. Remember we are all fans. Support the team, support each other."

General view before the game
	HammersosWest Ham fans at the Olympic Stadium

Gold won't stand for it but was previously an advocate

According to leading West Ham fans website Knees Up Mother Brown, the lack of designated standing areas in the stadium has caused a number of angry disagreements among Hammers supporters.

It is a marked change of stance from Gold has previously been an advocate of safe standing and wanted to bring it to the Olympic Stadium, as reported in the Telegraph in 2013.

West Ham United co chairman David GoldChange of tune: Gold

He also backed Celtic's plans to introduce safe standing areas, as reported by the Evening Standard last year.

Ugly scenes have broken out at the games against Domzale and Juve with KUMB reporting that some supporters almost came to blows over standing.

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