West Ham to issue life bans to fighting idiots

Date published: Sunday 11th September 2016 10:16

West Ham have warned they could hand life bans to any supporters found to have been involved in crowd trouble during theirĀ 4-2 Premier League defeat by Watford.

An unspecified number of fans were ejected from the London Stadium after fights broke out in the closing stages of the game, although the Met Police have stated there were no arrests.

West Ham supporters fought among themselves and clashed with stewards and Watford fans, in what was just the Hammers’ second Premier League game at their new home.

“West Ham unreservedly condemn the behaviour of the individuals involved in incidents during today’s fixture against Watford,” read a statement released by the club.

“While these isolated incidents were quickly brought under control, this behaviour has no place in football and West Ham will work tirelessly to eradicate such incidents.

“We are currently undertaking an immediate full review with all stakeholders.

“This includes police, stadium landlord and operator LS185, who are responsible for appointing and managing stewards and security, to ensure we eradicate such incidents moving forward.

“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.

“Once identified, they will be banned from attending any West Ham fixture for life and we will request the courts serve banning orders to prevent these individuals attending any football.”

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