After last weekend’s unsavoury scenes at the London Stadium, West Ham United have enforced fresh safety measures ahead of their next home game on March 31.
During the Hammers’ 3-0 defeat to Burnley, pitch invasions occurred, with one man being thrown to the floor by club captain Mark Noble.
The fury from groups of fans was directed at co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold, both of whom have been subjected to criticism from the supporters.
Many lost faith with the board after they decided to leave Upton Park and move into the Olympic ground in the summer of 2016.
Questions have also been asked of the club’s transfer policy, and all that tension boiled over during last Saturday’s fixture.
As a result of the disorder, the club have announced via their official website that for the home game against Southampton, extra stewards and police will be on hand to stifle any trouble.
In response to the club’s statement, fans argued that the Hammers were protecting the board over their own supporters.
So basically all they are worried about are the board and the players safety as there are no clear plans for CROWD safety.. you remember us fans who pay hard earned money to attend and not the above who are getting paid to attend!
— Parker (@dizzyparkermoo) March 16, 2018
You know what the best thing would be for security in the stadium – it’s quite simple …. gold, Sullivan and Brady don’t attend any games from now until the end me of the season. They end this now and give us more chance of staying up but their egos won’t allow it !!
— shane o'connor (@shanejasben) March 15, 2018
Safety for the board not the fans?
— rob (@Rob_WHU) March 15, 2018
Only thing the board cares about: „Restricting access to the area in front of the directors’ box“.
— Ernst Mosh (@sounds2move) March 15, 2018
I can't see where safety has been given a priority to fans. It's just for protecting the board. I can't see any stewards sacked either. PATHETIC
— Darren Duchovny (@Hyper647580) March 15, 2018
A number of safety and security measures will be implemented for our next match.https://t.co/XbnB7MyNxv
— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) March 15, 2018
Its almost as if the stadium isn't fit for the purpose of football and can't be effectively policed and stewarded for a crowd of passionate fans
— Robbie Black (@Robbieblack6) March 16, 2018
Keep them owners away
— Bradley (@bradwr1) March 15, 2018