West Ham have offered additional information of the boosted security procedures put in place for Saturday’s Premier League game against Southampton at the London Stadium.The Hammers’
last home video game against Burnley on March 10 was marred by a variety of crowd disturbances.Five fans invaded the pitch while co-owner David Sullivan was struck by a coin after a demonstration in front of the directors’box turned nasty. A variety of prohibiting orders have since been issued and more are expected to follow.The club are now taking actions to avoid any repeat and have announced that there will be an increased police and security workers presence this weekend. Extra security gates have likewise been set up to restrict fans’movements around the stadium.The announcements follow reports previously in the week that a security barrier would be
put up to prevent fans getting too close to the directors’ box.A declaration from the club read:”Every ticket-holder is an ambassador for this club and we would like to remind those pertaining to London Stadium on Saturday of their duties to themselves, their fellow advocates, the team and everybody connected with the club to support West Ham United in a passionate, respectful manner.” Life time bans were released to people who crossed security barriers to enter the field of play throughout the Burnley fixture, while a variety of others were banned for life for violently throwing coins or items with intent to hurt or damage on the bridge straight in front of the directors’box.As part of an ongoing thorough examination, the club anticipate additional restrictions to be confirmed imminently.”During the 2nd half of that Burnley game, we witnessed scenes that none of us wish to see repeated and this Saturday we motivate you all to join us in backing the team in an extremely essential component and make us all feel happy with West Ham United once again, “the club added.