By George Overhill

11th Aug, 2022 | 9:44pm

West Ham United threaten to sue over beer amid supporter fury

West Ham have threatened legal action over the extortionate price of a pint at their opening-weekend loss to Manchester City, the Telegraph reports.

After beer was found to cost a minimum £7.30 a pint at the London Stadium last weekend the Hammers are ready to sue the owners of the ground if the prices aren’t reduced before the next home game, which is their Europa Conference League play-off against Viborg on 18 August.

Fans were furious at the cost which was reportedly 40% higher than that at Tottenham [£5.19], but the club don’t set the prices or profit from them.

A complaint to caterers Delaware North was met with the response that no changes could be made without the say so of the Irons’ landlord.

The former Olympic Stadium is owned by E20 STADIUM LLP, a London Legacy Development Corporation body, and this is the latest controversy to arise since West Ham left Upton Park to take up residency, paying rent to the taxpayer.

A resolution is expected however, as the Telegraph report says: “West Ham declined to comment but Telegraph Sport has been told they were confident on Thursday that the matter would be quickly resolved.”

Outrageous

Londoners may have gotten used to the fact that a pint routinely costs over a fiver, but visiting fans from outside the capital will understandably find even that insane.

The fact that between the owner and their caterers it has been seen fit to push prices up to such a ridiculous amount amid an unmissable cost of living crisis is obviously appalling but almost no surprise.

It is at least encouraging that in this instance the club have taken it upon themselves to stand up for the fans’ interests, in a way that isn’t happening in so many other areas of life currently.

It will be a small mercy for the Hammers supporters if the prices are brought down to “only” being in line with what other clubs in the capital are charging.

Fans are routinely fleeced left, right and centre as they follow their teams, so for an instance to go far enough to spark outrage enough for a reaction is saying something.

Amid being overcharged and seeing City run out 2-0 winners amid a defensive injury crisis it wasn’t the start to the new season that many had hoped for.