Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
World | By Melba Underwood

West Ham ready to pay for huge police presence at London Stadium

West Ham ready to pay for huge police presence at London Stadium

Under the terms of West Ham's rental deal, the costs of policing and stewarding are covered by London Stadium 185 and paid for by the taxpayer.

The club is being presented as something of a mess and that won't help in the summer when West Ham want to attract players.

"A lot of the stewards who are on duty on match-days are not West Ham people - they're actually stadium people and sometimes until they get a job there haven't had any experience dealing with football crowds".

LLDC insist that they have the financial means to deploy the police.

Saturday's events are being investigated by the Football Association and the Premier League.

West Ham United v Burnley- Premier League
Fans invaded the pitch at London Stadium

Missiles were also thrown at supporters sitting in boxes next to the directors.

A number of West Ham fans have been left angered by the board's decision to relocate to the London Stadium, especially as results have been poor. Discussions are taking place about how to strengthen the security around those boxes after protesters were able to run amok in the walkway underneath them.

West Ham did not respond when contacted for comment. With a sub-headline reading "Re del porno" (king of porno), the Italian newspaper explain where the money behind West Ham's owners comes from, and makes clear it's the owners who the fans are angriest with. The process will be repeated before the visit of Southampton.

"The disturbances at the London Stadium were disgraceful and it's clear that there can not be a repeat of the ugly scenes witnessed on Saturday", said a spokesman for the Mayor of London on Monday.

West Ham United told a supporter to complain to Facebook or the police when he warned them of physical threats made by a member of the controversial Real West Ham Fans group, and still met representatives of Real WHF only days later. Aston Villa were fined £200,000 after pitch invasions overshadowed their FA Cup victory over West Bromwich Albion at Villa Park three years ago.

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