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MP's 'behind closed doors' call following London Stadium violence

PUBLISHED: 17:00 27 October 2016 | UPDATED: 10:26 28 October 2016

West Ham fans descend on the Olympic Stadium in Stratford for their first home game

West Ham fans descend on the Olympic Stadium in Stratford for their first home game

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West Ham should have to play behind closed doors if violence at the London Stadium continues, an MP has said.

Mark Field, vice-chairman of the all-party parliamentary football group and Cities of London and Westminster Conservative MP, said that preventing future disorder must be urgently addressed.

He said: “Within the next 14 days, the board of West Ham United FC should present a detailed plan to the FA and Premier League outlining what they are going to do about security.

“None of these problems were unforeseeable given the nature of the stadium and difficulties with policing large footballing crowds.

“There have been some clear failings and they now need to move with urgency to deliver a plan about segregation and broader public order issues.

“If there is a repeat of the violence, the next two or three home games for West Ham should be played behind closed doors.”

Seven men were arrested after riot police were forced to enter the ground during last night’s 2-1 victory over Chelsea.

Both clubs have condemned the behaviour and West Ham have vowed to issue life bans to those responsible.

The Football Association has launched an investigation into the violence.

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