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.