Seven ar­rests over vi­o­lence at West Ham

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

LONDON po­lice said they were hold­ing seven men ar­rested fol­low­ing vi­o­lence at the English League Cup clash be­tween West Ham and Chelsea.

Skir­mishes broke out to­wards the end of the Ham­mers’ 2-1 win yes­ter­day, with po­lice and stew­ards bat­tling to keep sup­port­ers apart as coins, bot­tles and plas­tic seats were thrown.

There was a heavy po­lice pres­ence in place at the London Sta­dium, for­merly the Olympic Sta­dium, which has seen re­peated vi­o­lence in­volv­ing West Ham fans since they moved into their new home at the start of the sea­son.

The seven men were ar­rested for pub­lic or­der of­fences and were be­ing held in cus­tody at sev­eral po­lice sta­tions.

Com­man­der BJ Har­ring­ton, who led the match day po­lice op­er­a­tion, said an in­ves­ti­ga­tion had been opened.

“There were a mi­nor­ity of peo­ple who at­tended the match that were clearly in­tent on be­ing in­volved in con­fronta­tion and vi­o­lence,” he said.

“We have al­ready made seven ar­rests and will work tire­lessly to iden­tify peo­ple in­volved and bring them to jus­tice.”

The po­lice said 30 peo­ple were stopped from at­tend­ing the game prior to the match be­tween the two London sides.

Chelsea sup­porter Paul Streeter said he and his eight-year-old daugh­ter were pelted with coins while sit­ting in the dis­abled sup­port­ers’ sec­tion of the ground.

“My daugh­ter was hit with seven coins all over her body,” he told BBC ra­dio. ““She’s never ex­pe­ri­enced vi­o­lence like this be­fore or the ag­gres­sion we have had to suf­fer. It is dis­gust­ing.” – AFP

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