West Ham fans went chaotic during a humiliating 3-0 defeat at home Burnley as they stormed onto the pitch FOUR times in protest against the owners.
A strike from Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood’s brace in the second half secured an important victory for the visitors at the London Stadium. This heavy loss sparked wild protests from hundreds of home supporters in front of the directors box and made their point to co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan.
West Ham captain Mark Noble threw one fan to the floor in wild scenes. Another supporter took one of the corner flags and attempted to plant it in the center circle.
The fans were angrily chanting, “We’re not West Ham anymore”, “Sack the board” and “Where’s the money gone?” while the referee spoke to both managers about the ongoing situation, but allowed the game to continue.
The co-owners Gold and Sullivan were then instructed to leave the stadium as the scenes were heating up. They were escorted out of the stadium as they left the around 10 minutes before the full time whistle.
As the protesting group of supporters made their way towards the pitch following Gold and Sullivan’s departure, the Burnley substitutes allowed children to sit on their bench, away from the mass of bodies.
The club have released a strong statement:
“West Ham have launched a full and thorough investigation into the crowd trouble at today’s game with Burnley and an emergency meeting of London Stadium stakeholders has been called.”
A middle-aged female steward was also knocked down to the ground as the protests took a dark turn on a day that was supposed to be remembered for the 25th anniversary of Bobby Moore’s death.
West Ham manager, David Moyes, citing the difficult situation said:
“We have to deal with our own stuff, maybe the stoppages didn’t help but it’s down to us. I think the players understand and are playing for the supporters. They’re disappointed they haven’t done well today. We want the supporters behind us but you can’t cross the line and come on the pitch. I don’t think I’ve been at games where I’ve seen that. All I’ll say is we need them, we’re all in it. We did well today for long periods, we didn’t do well for a couple of minutes in the second half. We need the supporters in another way, all I ask is that we stick together and make sure we remain a Premier League club.”
The defeat leaves West Ham United just hanging in the 16th place, and are just 3 points clear of the relegation zone. They may also have to play any further matches behind closed doors if the FA decides so.
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