West Ham set for talks with London Stadium landlords
West Ham United will hold showdown talks with the landlords of the London Stadium as the FA prepare to investigate fighting among fans during the match against Watford on Saturday.
English football’s governing body will contact West Ham about the clashes. Eye-witness accounts from the stands claim that ‘punches were thrown between fans’ and ‘stewards had no control of the situation.’ West Ham fan Barry Cox, 36, said: “The organisation is shocking. The segregation between the rival fans was one aisle with steps and a dozen stewards. There were people climbing over barriers, throwing punches and stewards said they couldn’t physically get involved. A safety group eventually came running in.” “When we left the ground, we saw elderly Watford fans running away. If that was Tottenham or Chelsea, people would have got seriously hurt.” Watford fan Nick Gibb said: “The police turned up about 15 minutes after the disturbances in the second half. There was a big ironic cheer when they came in.” My son is 16 and I needed to keep him safe. There were stewards but mostly young, slightly-built people. They couldn’t stop big football fans. We were just lucky more West Ham fans didn’t get involved.”