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Tuesday 28 January 2020

More than 200 face bans as Hammers & stadium partners seek an end to trouble

West Ham United and Chelsea fans exchange words
West Ham United and Chelsea fans exchange words

The number of stadium bans issued in the wake of the violence that marred West Ham's clash with Chelsea will exceed 200, Press Association Sport understands.

A joint statement from the clubs on Thursday said 200 fans would be identified and sanctioned, but it is now thought the number will now be higher.

This comes as West Ham, E20 Stadium LLP and London Stadium 185 - the former Olympic Stadium's partners - make five changes to protocol in the wake of the scenes which came on Wednesday night.

Police made six arrests after skirmishes broke out towards the end of the London Stadium's first derby. Three of the six arrested have been charged, the Metropolitan Police said.

Police and stewards battled to maintain segregation behind the goal being defended by West Ham as coins, seats and other objects appeared to be thrown between rival supporters.

In response to the trouble, West Ham are to increase the distance between home and away supporters, widening the line of segregation on both sides of the lower tier where the away supporters watch the game from.

That measure will extend to the lower concourse walkway, with higher barriers and a 10-metre wide sterile area introduced.

Inside the stadium, stewards will have handheld video cameras, with officials believing that to be a more preventative measure than the cameras they currently have attached to their armour.

Finally, supporters will be physically segregated upon leaving the stadium to prevent clashes outside the turnstiles.

West Ham are tenants of the stadium, managed by London Stadium 185 and owned by E20 Stadium LLP, a joint venture between the London Legacy Development Corporation and Newham Council specifically set up to transform and manage the stadium.

Sports Minister Tracey Crouch has called for prompt action against the troublemakers and Mark Field, vice-chairman of the all-party parliamentary football group and Cities of London and Westminster Conservative MP, earlier said West Ham should play behind closed doors at the former Olympic Stadium if the violent scenes are repeated.

The Hammers' next home match is against Stoke on November 5.

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