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Crowd incident spoils West Ham win

Crowd trouble returned to the London Stadium during West Ham’s two-nil win over Watford yesterday thanks to some heavy-handed stewarding and policing.  Trouble flared again in block 114 in the West stand after the Hammers goal was ruled offside around the half-hour mark.  Away fans next to block 114 taunted West Ham supporters for an early celebration of a goal that was ruled out by match officials.  West Ham fans returned the banter to Watford fans with some shouting and hand gestures but stadium stewards on the segregation line over reacted taking exception this fan reply and threatened to eject individual West Ham fans they accused of bad behaviour.

A steward response team and Met Police officers were sent in which only made matters worse as they tried to identify supporters they wanted to eject from the stadium. The trouble intensified at halftime on the concourse outside block 113 and 114. A number of scuffles broke out, beer was thrown and supporters were forcibly removed from the stadium by police and stewards intent to follow through on their promises.

The trouble was a throwback to the early days of the London stadium last season when security staff and stewards overreacted and lost control.

The incident comes just two weeks after the original principle stadium stewarding company called OCS were stripped of their contract. The stewarding contract has been awarded to four separate stewarding companies each responsible for a different area of the stadium. Insiders claim that many of the stewards working for OCS including former Boleyn Ground stewards did not register for the companies replacing OCS leading to a lot of new faces in hi-vis jackets around the stadium.

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About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

7 comments on “Crowd incident spoils West Ham win

  1. Who did it ruin the win for? Certainly not me or anyone else I’ve spoken to. Did it ruin yours? This happens in or around every ground in the league. Why the big deal here?

  2. Yeah have seen some of the youtube clips etc does seem like a carbon copy of what went on before, I don’t think any non West Ham fan should be stewarding those areas seperating home and away support. If finger pointing and banter is seen as violence those people need to get out more they have no place working in stewarding they will just incite trouble as happened yesterday.

  3. Didn’t ruin it for me. Isolated non incident. Stop being so wet.

  4. Just watched another bit of footage. Clear over reaction from the stewards who don’t appear to have a scooby how to deal with football fans.

  5. I watched the whole thing, it was at half time when most were queing to get their burgers and beers.
    Massively overblown as per usual, it was over in 30 seconds but once again a massive over reaction from the stewards. Even a policemen next to me sighed at the response.
    I reckon I have seen incidents like this at probably every ground in the country, boring headlines.

  6. Finger-pointing and taunting? You wouldn’t do it in the High Street so why do you think it’s ok at a football match? Grow up.

  7. Have you ever been close to the opposition fans at a football match? Pointing and taunting is all part and parcel. It’s a time honored tradition.

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