West Ham fan handed indefinite ban over Jake Livermore abuse
PUBLISHED: 15:19 12 January 2018 | UPDATED: 15:19 12 January 2018
West Ham have handed an indefinite ban to the supporter whose abuse of Jake Livermore led to the West Brom player climbing into a London Stadium stand.
The midfielder climbed over the London Stadium barrier to confront a fan who was sitting near his team’s dug-out after being substituted in the second half of West Ham’s 2-1 win on January 2.
West Brom claimed Livermore was provoked by a remark related to the death of his baby son, Jake Junior, in 2014.
West Ham confirmed the ban was issued after a “verbal altercation”, adding: “After a full investigation conducted by the club, which included statements from supporters in close proximity of the incident and evidence from Jake Livermore and West Bromwich Albion officials, the individual was found to have violated a number of London Stadium ground regulations and will be unable to attend home or away matches with immediate effect.
“Inciting or abusive behaviour will not be tolerated at London Stadium.”
The club urged supporters who witness similar behaviour on matchdays to report it anonymously by calling or texting 07537 404821.