West Ham given deadline to explain pitch invasion

14 March, 2018, 05:58 | Author: Dustin Murphy
  • Referee Craig Pawson speaks to Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp during the Premier League match at Old Trafford

"That atmosphere must never come back".

"They were quite young and couldn't deal with the aggression they were faced with".

He added: "Before the final whistle, two of the directors went upstairs - were asked by the security people to do so". Sullivan and Gold were escorted from their seats on safety grounds in the 84th minute, with the former's glasses saving him from potentially serious injury when a coin hit him.

Spanish newspaper Marca say Saturday was a "sad" day for both West Ham and Lille as fans of the clubs "decided to tarnish" matches by invading the pitch.

Another fan ran on with a corner flag shortly after Burnley scored their second goal, with further incursions after the visitors struck a late third.

A number of West Ham fans have been left angered by the board's decision to relocate to the London Stadium, especially as results have been poor.

"You could see his (Noble's) frustration with the idiots who were running on the pitch, because that's what they are".

Police said there were four separate pitch invasions and that they have received two allegations of assault which they said are being investigated.

"Not like the London Stadium".


"The club are obviously going to have to look at things with the local police and make sure that trained stewards and police are in place - you're nearly looking at it and saying, "this is out of control".

"I saw some families leaving because the youngsters were frightened".

"I'm with the fans in this bad moment".

David Moyes' team now sit 16th in the Premier League table, and his players are in need of inspiration.

"The reality of the real issue is about the performance of the side, now they should get their stewarding and their policing in order to ensure these things don't happen on the pitch". What they definitely need to do is speak to the police.

Jordan believes if they are to remain in the Premier League, they have to stop blaming the stadium. West Ham do not play at home again until Southampton visit at the end of the month after the worldwide break. I think the ramifications are going to be enormous.

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

"It is up to West Ham to carry out a thorough investigation, together with stakeholders, and take proper action against those supporters who misbehaved".

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