Sullivan struck by coin during protest
PREMIER LEAGUE: Sir Trevor Brooking yesterday confirmed West Ham co-owner David Sullivan was hit by a coin during Saturday’s ugly scenes at the London Stadium during the 3-0 defeat to Burnley.
Some supporters invaded the pitch while hundreds of others congregated beneath the directors’ box to protest against the board.
Former Hammers striker Brooking said: “I think a coin did hit David Sullivan, his glasses. I didn’t see it myself, but I did have that confirmed, which was part of the reason why the people in the directors’ box had to go inside to save any more problems like that.”
Ashley Barnes fired the visitors ahead on 66 minutes, prompting a couple of supporters to run onto the pitch, with Irons captain Mark Noble involved in a confrontation before stewards intervened.
Burnley doubled their lead on 70 minutes through former Leeds United striker Chris Wood’s close-range finish, which again sparked an angry reaction as chants of “sack the board” rang out before another fan got onto the pitch and took out a corner flag.
Substitute Wood added a third on 81 minutes following a fumble by recalled goalkeeper Joe Hart.
Bottom club West Brom took an early lead against Leicester before eventually losing 4-1 at The Hawthorns.
Newcastle dispatched Southampton 3-0 at St James’ Park to move away from the drop zone.
Chelsea beat relegation-battlers Crystal Palace 2-1 at Stamford Bridge.