'Can it play center-back?' Fans react after sex toy found in Old Trafford dugout
It is believed the sex toy was thrown into the dugout by Hammers fans as part of a long-standing joke about their owners, David Sullivan and David Gold.
The two owners made vast sums of money earlier in their careers in the adult industry. Gold bought the Ann Summers brand and transformed its fortunes into a recognized high-street outlet, while Sullivan was a successful figure in the production of adult-themed magazines, including pornographic material.
The Hammers' owners' pasts led to them being labeled 'The Dildo Brothers' by the Hammers fans.
It is unclear how a West Ham fan managed to get the item all the way from the away end into the dugout area, with one West Ham journalist commenting it was "Very much standard for a West Ham away day," and that he was "Impressed it made it that far."
That is very much standard for a West Ham away day. Someone always brings one and lobs it. Impressed it made it that far though.— Sam Inkersole (@Sam_InkersoleTM) April 13, 2019
Hammers fans have often taken inflatable phalluses and sex toys to matches, including earlier this season, when referee Kevin Friend was photographed removing a sex toy from the pitch during West Ham's away match at Brighton & Hove Albion.
The discovery of the sex toy in the dugout led to plenty of amusement online, as people took to social media to offer their thoughts on it.
Can it play CB?— Michael Tunstall (@TFWriter) April 13, 2019
"Can it play CB?" asked one fan, while another commented: "I hope whoever did this thought long and hard about it!"
I hope whoever did this thought long and hard about it!— Vicky Dean (@TwinkleDean) April 14, 2019