LONDON (AP) With an exceptional solo goal, Dimitri Payet briefly put the smiles back on West Ham fans’ faces. But only briefly.
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The nutmegs and stepovers that bamboozled Middlesbrough’s defense before Payet clinched the 1-1 draw were as good as it got for the Hammers on Saturday. Their worst ever start to a top-flight campaign has coincided with a fraught move to a new home, and the latest fan unrest produced yet more arrests.
Outside the Olympic Stadium, two men were arrested on suspicion of affray, and a third was held on suspicion of assaulting an officer, London police said in a statement following tense post-match scenes. Despite policing inside the 60,000-seat venue being enhanced in response to ugly clashes in the opening weeks of the season, police reported further disturbances in the stands against Middlesbrough.
“Only a small minority (was) intent on causing disruption,” the Metropolitan Police said.
There wasn’t just unrest but restlessness among the home crowd as their team remained winless since the opening day of the English Premier League in August.