Sul­li­van struck by coin dur­ing protest

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL -

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.

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