200 fans could be banned after West Ham V Chelsea violence
PUBLISHED: 09:06 28 October 2016 | UPDATED: 09:06 28 October 2016
Two hundred people could be banned from West Ham's London Stadium after which marred their impressive EFL Cup win over Chelsea on Wednesday night.
Police made six arrests after skirmishes broke out towards the end of the stadium’s first London derby. Three of the six arrested have been charged, the Metropolitan Police said.
Police and stewards battled to maintain segregation behind the goal being defended by West Ham as coins, seats and other objects appeared to be thrown between rival supporters.
Both the Hammers and Chelsea condemned the unsavoury scenes, which are now under investigation by the Football Association - and action is being taken after the CCTV footage was pored over on Thursday.
“West Ham United and London Stadium are finalising the identification of 200 individuals who will receive stadium bans having been involved in incidents of disorder during West Ham’s EFL cup victory over Chelsea,” a joint statement read.
“Rapid progress has been made in the investigation with extensive CCTV footage being shared with West Ham United, London Stadium partners, the Metropolitan Police and Chelsea Football Club.
“Banning notifications will be issued for offences ranging from the use of abusive and offensive language to missile throwing. In line with our zero tolerance policy, all those involved will receive a seasonal or lifetime ban depending on the severity of the offence.”
Meanwhile, West Ham is investigating reports that flyers were passed out at the match with homophobic lyrics about two Chelsea players, and an MP has suggested that future Hammers matches should be played “behind closed doors” if violence continues.
A spokesperson for stadium partners West Ham, E20 Stadium LLP and London Stadium 185 emphasised that the vast majority of supporters behaved “impeccably” and praised the response of the stewards to the disorder.
“A small number of individuals were intent on becoming involved in disorder and are being investigated, identified and banned from London Stadium as a matter of priority,” the spokesperson said.
The Hammers’ next home match is against Stoke on November 5.