Tony Gillan: Sunderland’s visit to London Stadium as bad as feared

West Ham United's London Stadium, where some Sunderland fans had to run the gauntlet to get back to their coaches.
West Ham United's London Stadium, where some Sunderland fans had to run the gauntlet to get back to their coaches.
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Those among you who were fortunate enough to have avoided the Taxpayers Arena on Saturday may be wondering if this “football” stadium is as bad as they say.

Short answer: yes.

Whiney supporters ensure that there is more atmosphere in Kayll Road Library.

The “view” of the game is dreadful unless you smuggle the Hubble Telescope in there.

The prices of food and drink are beyond even the greed we have come to expect.

The four year-old stadium (described as “seeped in history” on SAFC’s website) has acquired an instant reputation for violence.

The good news is that tonight’s West Ham v Chelsea League Cup tie will surely do much to restore the good names of these equally delightful sets these fans.

Well it might. They can’t go on indefinitely allowing Evolution to be just something that happened to everyone else. Can they?

I fervently hope that Sunderland avoid relegation. But if the worst happens you can’t say it would be all bad. There are some clubs you just wouldn’t miss.