West Ham United fell to a 4-2 defeat to rivals Watford at the London Stadium on Saturday, and it resulted in problems in the stands.
As the game started to turn sour on the pitch, it was followed by ugly scenes in the stands too as numerous supporters began to share videos of the situation unfolding on social media.
It led to comments from media personnel who claimed children were left in tears as the situation began to escalate, and it’s not the first time that trouble has brewed at a Hammers home game after issues in their Europa League tie with Astra last month.
Kids are crying. Many looking on in fear. Absolute disgrace. So much for dream of the Stadium taking West Ham forward. Beyond disappointing.
— Matty Lawless (@mattylawless) September 10, 2016
The club were quick to issue a statement on the matter, insisting that any supporters found to be guilty of any wrongdoing would be handed lifetime bans.
“Our policy on this behaviour remains one of zero tolerance and we will work with the police and other stakeholders to identify the individuals involved,” an official statement read.
“Once identified, they will be banned from attending any West Ham United fixture for life and we will request the courts serve banning orders to prevent these individuals attending any football.”
After being eliminated from Europe and having picked up just three points from their first four Premier League games, it hasn’t quite been the start to the campaign that Slaven Bilic and his men had in mind.
Coupled with the trouble with the supporters, the Hammers will hope to sort the issues both on and off the pitch as soon as possible and start moving in a positive direction.
Reports of fighting between Watford and West Ham fans in upper tier as stewards struggle to keep control pic.twitter.com/1ogVLKSHAS
— West Ham Football (@westhamfootball) September 10, 2016
— Louise Oates (@LouisexxOates) September 10, 2016
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