RIP Katie sheppard. ? prayers are with her and her family. Great footballer that I got to play along side as a kid!
Only 20. Unbelievable. Thoughts and prayers with her family, friends and everyone @whufc_official. RIP Katie Sheppard x
Our deepest condolences go to the family & friends of @whufc_official's Katie Sheppard who has sadly passed away. Our thoughts are with them
Director of Football Julia Setford said everyone at the club had been left shocked and saddened by Katie Sheppard's sudden death.
Katie was an absolute West Ham fanatic, she had a Season Ticket and it was her absolute ambition to play for West Ham Ladies. When she was at training, she was the bubbliest person and just fantastic to have around the club.
She joined us when she was 17 and played for the club for two seasons. Katie was a central midfielder and she made a couple of first-team appeatrances under me before she went off to university.
Katie was a fantastic person and a lovely kid. It is such sad news for us all. The club will certainly be a lesser place without her.
West Ham United ladies player Katie Sheppard has died, aged 20. Katie first played for West Ham's under-19 side before making her first-team debut as a substitute in an FA Women's Premier League Cup tie in November 2012.
In a statement, the club said:
"It is with great sadness they we have to report the untimely passing of Katie Sheppard. She had played for the Ladies team for the past two seasons, a true Hammers fan and season ticket holder at Upton Park. We send our condolences to all her family and friends at this sad time."
A settlement has been reached with Leyton Orient over the decision to allow West Ham sole occupancy of the Olympic Stadium.
In a statment today the Premier League said:
"The Premier League and Leyton Orient FC are pleased to announce that they have reached settlement of a dispute regarding the future use of the Olympic Stadium on terms which are confidential.
"Leyton Orient confirms, however, that it no longer disputes the validity of the Premier League’s decision to allow West Ham United to occupy the Stadium."
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West Ham United fans have been warned they will face action if they take part in anti-Semitic chanting towards Spurs fans on Saturday.
Spurs fans were subjected to anti-Semitic abuse from a section of West Ham fans during last season's fixture at White Hart Lane in November 2012.
"Working with the police, the Club will continue to adopt a zero tolerance policy towards any form of discriminatory behaviour," a club statement said.
"Any fan found to be acting inappropriately - including racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic behaviour - will be punished to the full extent of the law and banned from attending matches."
West Ham are currently trailing 1-0 at The Hawthorns. West Bromwich Albion's Saido Berahino scored from close range early in the eleventh minute of the match.
Though West Ham are currently in twelfth place, they've only won twice in their last eight Premier League matches. A win for Sam Allardyce's team, may help silence some of the Hammers fans who've been disgruntled with him for most of this season.