Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Burnley Substitutes Shelter Children From Fan Violence At West Ham

Burnley Substitutes Shelter Children From Fan Violence At West Ham

Manager David Moyes urged the club's fans to get behind the team.

West Ham's defeat at the London Stadium was marred by several pitch invasions, scuffles in the stands and fans taunting owners David Sullivan and David Gold, both of whom were escorted away from the directors' box for safety reasons.

The club had acknowledged to the complainant that they received his warning and screenshots on 16 February, before responding with the following from the email account for "West Ham United Supporter Services": "Thank you for your email to the Club and I am sorry to hear that you've been involved in an argument on social media".

The Premier League club will request that London police are stationed inside the ground for the final five home games of this campaign, for the first time since they were asked to help combat the trouble last season.

"I think a coin did hit David Sullivan on his glasses".

Brooking acknowledged Barnes' opening goal "triggered problems" and said "there was a quite sizeable group then below the directors' box that came to chant in a really aggressive manner".

The Football Association is also set to launch a probe, with a spokesman saying: "The FA strongly condemns the crowd disturbances seen today at West Ham United versus Burnley and will be seeking observations from West Ham as well as awaiting the match referee's report".

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"In all honesty, a lot of them were running over to where the chairman was sitting but if one approaches me I'm going to defend myself".

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

AS say the situation at West Ham was "surreal", and add that during the "madness" fans went after their own players.

"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".

The former West Ham midfielder made the comments following the Hammers' defeat to Burnley in the Premier League at the weekend.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan condemned the violence and called on West Ham to take action.

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