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Introducing #AskJPW: On West Ham and the Top Four

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You’ve read his reports from the hallowed grounds of the Premier League, hung out with him during Facebook Lives outside those same stadia, and now there’s a new way to interact with ProSoccerTalk‘s lead writer and editor.

Joe Prince-Wright is now bringing you #AskJPW, a place to quiz the whiz on every aspect of the Premier League, and the goings-on around it.

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Just use the #AskJPW (and follow him on Twitter at @JPW_NBCSports).

In this edition, Joe delves into fan trouble at West Ham, who will finish 2-4 on the table, and more.

West Ham pledges more police, issues stadium bans for offenders

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West Ham United released a statement from the London Stadium Safety Advisory Group on Thursday recommending some measures to avoid a repeat of the chaotic displays of last weekend’s fan protests and pitch invasions at the London Stadium.

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The Irons said the stadium will have the following moving forward (from WHUFC.com): More police inside and outside the stadium, restricted access in front of the directors’ box, and increasing the size of response teams.

The group said the club must be proactive in order to avoid the prospect of playing inside an empty stadium.

“In addition, LS185 and West Ham United have made great strides in identifying the trouble makers and have been very clear that those guilty of violent or aggravating conduct will be banned from the stadium. It is anticipated these stadium bans will be in place for the next home fixture against Southampton on 31 March.”

The relegation-threatened Irons are in Miami this week for a training camp ahead of an important charge toward Premier League safety. They await punishment from the Football Association.

West Ham travel to Miami for training camp

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It was probably best for West Ham United to get away for a few days…

Following the ugly scenes at the London Stadium at the weekend during their 3-0 defeat to Burnley which saw pitch invasions from fans, players confronting supporters and widespread protests against club ownership, David Moyes has taken the Hammers players to Miami, Florida for a warm weather training camp.

After four defeats in their last five games it is fair to say some of West Ham’s fans aren’t too happy about the players jetting away to seemingly get away from the pressure cook situation which is engulfing the east London club.

Moyes’ men are just three points above the relegation zone with eight games of the Premier League season to go and have a hellish schedule remaining with Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Leicester, Everton and Arsenal all left to play.

With West Ham’s game against Man United originally scheduled for this weekend but postponed due to Jose Mourinho’s men playing in the quarterfinals of the FA Cup and the Hammers knocked out of the competition, they do have some extra time to work on the training ground.

Below is a look at the team in Florida with the Hammers not having a game until Mar. 31 when they host relegation rivals Southampton following the international break.

West Ham fallout: Multiple closed door home matches considered

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It seems the fallout from West Ham’s wild weekend is only beginning, as the English Football Association reviews its options to punish the Premier League club following a chaotic 3-0 loss to Burnley at the London Stadium on Saturday.

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Fans clashed with stewards and there were multiple pitch invasions highlighted (or lowlighted) by Hammers players Mark Noble and James Collins coming together with protesting fans.

Sky Sports says playing multiple matches behind closed doors is an option being considered by a three-person committee.

There was initial concern West Ham could suffer a points deduction for Saturday’s incidents, with the Irons just three points clear of the drop zone.

“The atmosphere was horrible,” said West Ham’s Mark Noble. “To be honest we know a lot of it isn’t aimed at the players, it’s other reasons, but we got to be men enough to be able to play in that atmosphere. It’s hard don’t get me wrong when you’ve got 50, 60-thousand here and a big percentage are not happy with where the club is, so the players take the brunt of it.”

The 2 Robbies: Mourinho Gets The Better of Klopp

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Robbie Earle and Robbie Mustoe go in-depth on Manchester United beating their rivals Liverpool in the race for the Premier League runner-up spot (00:30), discuss the chaos at West Ham United (18:50) and wrap up all the stories in the battle to stay in the league (25:20).

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