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West Ham lose control as pitch invasions leave club facing sanctions

14 March, 2018, 05:58 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • One of the fans who came on to the pitch during West Ham's defeat by Burnley is grabbed by a steward

Brady, West Ham's vice-chairman, led an emergency meeting between the London Stadium's stakeholders yesterday morning to discuss major security issues, following the debacle in their defeat to Burnley on Saturday when there were four separate pitch invasions and co-owner David Sullivan was hit in the face by a coin. The children were allowed to sit on the spare bench and see the game safely to the end'.

Noble described the atmosphere at London Stadium as "horrible", while BBC commentator John Motson said it had been "the most scary moment" he had ever experienced at a football ground. "We want the supporters behind us, but you can't cross the line and come on to the pitch", he said.

Saturday's events are being investigated by the Football Association and the Premier League.

"The level of aggression was something I couldn't believe a West Ham fan would get involved in".

The buildup to the game had been dominated by the fallout from a cancelled protest march against the board, which featured threats being aimed at Mark Walker, the chairman of the West Ham United Independent Supporters Association, by rival fan groups.

The latest incidents are not the first scenes of trouble since West Ham moved to the London Stadium 18 months ago and have raised fears that the club could be punished by having to play a future game behind closed doors.




"If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact us". What they definitely need to do is speak to the police.

"The police and board have to get together and make sure whoever is looking after the control of the crowd against Southampton in three weeks' time has the experience and knowledge to make sure nothing escalates like it did yesterday". West Ham do not play at home again until Southampton visit at the end of the month after the worldwide break.

The atmosphere at the London Stadium reached boiling point as protests on and off the field were made.

Mundo Deportivo go with a headline saying "West Ham fans create chaos" and add some supporters "once again showed their displeasure by criticising those in charge and players".

"There was nothing close but they thought just in case, let's get them over here".

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