It would come as a sad news for the two Premier League teams who locked horns against each other in the League Cup earlier this month. Seven people were arrested after a violent riot erupted between Chelsea FC and West Ham United fans, after The Hammer’s 2-1 win over The Blues in the tournament’s fourth round tie.
27 year old West Ham fan, Nicholas Greenway has been banned for three years after being charged with threatening behavior and Blues supporter, Michael Parker has also been given a three year ban after throwing a missile in the ground. Both men were issued banning orders by Thames Magistrates’ Court after appearing last Friday.
Metropolitan Police commander BJ Harrington has said that they will work with their partners to tackle crime and disorder at the London stadium and banning supporters is also a part of the work.
Harrington stated that: “Although the vast majority of people who attended the match were well behaved, there were a minority who were clearly intent on being involved in confrontation and violence.”
He also claimed that there were unacceptable behavior outside the stadium by both sets of fans and the banning orders on Greenway and Parker will prevent them from causing further trouble during matches in the future.
Plastic bottles, coins and seats were thrown during the match as numerous fans clashed in the stadium, forcing riot police to intervene and stop the riot from getting more violent. The FA and EFL have also promised to investigate the situation.
This is not the first time that West Ham fans have been criticized of hooliganism ever since moving to their new stadium in London with violence erupting in their previous matches against Middlesbrough and Watford.
The Hammers knew that the visit of London rivals Chelsea FC would be a problem as there was extra security and stewards in the stadium and also an alcohol ban but despite the presence of the extra security it did not stop both sets of fans to get into a violent riot towards the end of the match.
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