West Ham set for talks with Lon­don Sta­dium land­lords

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports - BY ADAM CRAFTON/

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.”

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