West Ham Match Against Burnley Descends Into Chaos As Fans Storm Pitch, Police Investigating

Published on March 11, 2018

Police are investigating allegations of assault after a Premier League football match descended into chaos on Saturday when fans stormed the pitch.

The Football Association has “strongly condemned” the crowd disturbances during West Ham’s match against Burnley this afternoon.

Scotland Yard has received two allegations of assault and West Ham said it has launched a “full and thorough investigation” into today’s events. 

During the match, which the Hammers lost 3-0, about 200 supporters gathered around the director’s box, hurling abuse at West Ham co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan.

Towards the end of the fixture, four separate invasions took place by individual home fans, police said.

The Hammers have vowed to take “decisive and appropriate action” after completing a “full and thorough investigation”.

FA action could follow, with a spokesperson saying in a tweet: “The FA strongly condemns the crowd disturbances seen today at West Ham United versus Burnley and will be seeking observations from West Ham as well as awaiting the match referee’s report.”

Meanwhile, Burnley players were widely praised on social media for letting young West Ham fans sit on their seats during the disturbance.

The Premier League said in a statement: “It is essential that everybody who plays or attends a Premier League football match can do so safely.

“There is no place at any level of the game for what happened at the London Stadium today.

“While the official investigation of the incidents will be carried out by the Football Association, we will be asking our own questions of West Ham United about what happened this afternoon, especially to ensure similar events never reoccur.

“We would like to commend referee Lee Mason and his team of officials for their actions which, combined with the cooperation of players and coaching staff from both clubs, enabled the match to be completed.”

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