West Ham vow life bans for pitch invaders

Paola Ditto
Marzo 14, 2018

West Ham United say supporters who invaded the pitch and threw missiles towards the directors' box during Saturday's (March 10) home defeat by Burnley will be banned for life.

There were four separate pitch invasions at London Stadium, along with protests against the club's board.

London Stadium's Safety Advisory Group (SAG) will hold an emergency meeting on Thursday to discuss the crowd trouble.

"Any individual found guilty will be banned from attending any West Ham United fixture, home and away, for life and the Club will request the courts serve a banning order to prevent these individuals attending any football matches in future".

The SAG - which includes representatives from the club, police, Newham council, stadium owners and operators - has the power to restrict the capacity of the ground or even close it to paying spectators completely.

The crowd trouble in London hit global headlines and Spanish newspaper AS (via Sport Witness) have described Federation Internationale de Football Association attempts to strongman the FA as part of their attempts to declare a "war on the ultras".

At least two supporters entered the playing area during the second half in which Burnley scored three times to win 3-0 and leave West Ham in relegation danger from the Premier League.

It has been suggested that FIFA's desire to see West Ham punished as harshly as possible is in part due to the World Cup.

A growing number of fans have expressed their fury at what they perceive as "lies" told by Sullivan, Gold and West Ham vice-chairwoman Karren Brady about the potential benefits of the historic move to London Stadium from Upton Park in 2016.

One of the fans, a 61-year-old businessman, took a corner flag and planted it in the centre circle to protest the club's move from Upton Park Stadium.

The statement continued: "With eight Premier League matches still to play, achieving the points we need has to be the focus".

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