West Ham fans react to controversial fixture announcement... and it could be Tottenham's fault

General view outside the stadium before the match

West Ham United fans have been reacting to news that the London Stadium will host a rugby match next season and it could be because of Tottenham Hotspur.

The Hammers endured a torrid first season at their new Olympic Stadium home but eventually finished 11th despite flirting with relegation for large parts of the campaign.

The bigger pitch at the stadium was often cited as a reason for the club's struggles compared to their record-breaking farewell season at their beloved Boleyn Ground.

Controversy has swirled around West Ham's occupation of the stadium ever since the deal was announced.

Indeed the club's 99-year lease as "anchor tenants" - where they officially only have the stadium under their control for around 26 days a season - is a major bone of contention for the club's fans.

General view outside the stadium before the matchGeneral view outside the stadium before a match

Back in 2015 the stadium was used to host Rugby World Cup matches. And rugby will return next March after it was announced Saracens will play Harlequins there.

It comes after the stadium was used to host atheltics for the second consecutive summer which - due to a 15-day turnaround time on converting the ground back into football mode at a reported cost of £8 million - means the East Londoners had to get special dispensation from the Premier League to play their first three matches of the new season away from home.

The Saracens vs Harlequins match comes just a week before Slaven Bilic's side are due to face Southampton there.

Traditionally a Premiership rugby match is hosted at Wembley Stadium each season.

But in a somewhat ironic twist - adding insult to injury for those West Ham fans against the fixture being played at the ground in the middle of the football season - it is believed a key reason the fixture cannot be played at Wembley next season is because West Ham's fierce rivals Spurs will be playing at the national stadium while White Hart Lane is redeveloped.

Obvious concerns have been raised about the state the pitch will be left in as West Ham fans reacted to the announcement on Twitter. 

West Ham's Olympic Stadium v DomizalePitchside during a West Ham match at the Olympic Stadium, now known as the London Stadium

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