West Ham to ban 200 fans following crowd trouble against Chelsea

Video footage to be used to identify fans involved in stadium violence

West Ham to ban 200 fans following crowd trouble against Chelsea

Picture by John Walton EMPICS Sport

West Ham are close to identifying and banning 200 of their supporters from attending their games following the crowd trouble that marred Wednesday's EFL Cup tie against Chelsea.

The violence broke out despite roughly 1,000 stewards on duty, and a heavily visible police presence surrounding the stadium.

While just six men were arrested on the night by the Metropolitan Police, with three being officially charged, it appears that retrospective punishment will be doled out in the form of stadium bans for those involved.

The Hammers, who recorded a 2-1 victory of their local rivals, and London Stadium have released a joint statement saying that they are suing video footage to identify and ban the supporters involved in the violence.

 

"West Ham United and London Stadium are finalising the identification of 200 individuals who will receive stadium bans having been involved in incidents of disorder during West Ham's EFL cup victory over Chelsea.

"Rapid progress has been made in the investigation with extensive CCTV footage being shared with West Ham United, London Stadium partners, the Metropolitan Police and Chelsea Football Club.

"Banning notifications will be issued for offences ranging from the use of abusive and offensive language to missile throwing. In line with our zero tolerance policy, all those involved will receive a seasonal or lifetime ban depending on the severity of the offence."