March 24, 2018

Ugly scenes as West Ham lose home match

11 March 2018, 01:32 | Marlene Fleming

Ugly scenes as West Ham lose home match

West Ham might have to play in empty stadium after fan trouble

The Football Association "strongly condemned" the crowd disturbances and said it would be seeking observations from West Ham.

In a statement, the club said it had launched a "full and thorough investigation" and is "committed to taking decisive and appropriate action".

The Premier League match was played out against a backdrop of fan frustration with the Hammers board and, as that spilled over on to the field, one man approach Noble and the midfielder wrestled him to the floor.

Once more the stewards were seemingly powerless to intervene except to ask West Ham joint-owners David Gold and David Sullivan, whose decision to quit the east London club's longstanding Upton Park ground for a move to what was the 2012 Olympic Stadium is a source of some fans' fury, to leave their seats, seemingly for their own safety.

The long-term England No.1, on a season's loan from Manchester City, will be recalled by Moyes for Saturday's home match after losing his place to Adrian for West Ham's last 15 Premier League games.

If that was not bad enough Chris Wood doubled Burnley's lead minutes later and this time there were scuffles in the stands and one fan ran on and took the corner flag, attempting to plant it on the centre spot.

Zabaleta called on his West Ham teammates to get themselves out of their predicament and said that they can not afford any more mishaps.

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It added: "An emergency meeting has been called with all London Stadium stakeholders".

Nevertheless, Moyes tried to keep the conversation on the football: "I thought we did well first half - probably had two great chances to be in front at half-time - we should have been in front at half-time".

"Since I've been here (the fans) have been really good".

Whereas Upton Park provided a formidable atmosphere, fans are separated from the pitch by the running track in their expansive, largely taxpayer-funded new home. Was I happy with the goals we conceded?

West Ham's ageing wing-backs have failed to provide either the energy needed for their role or the experience which should be a given for two players with plenty of history behind them in the game. We need to play better for longer periods in the game.

"I think it's a tough situation for a player".

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