West Ham to pay for heavy police presence to prevent repeat of Burnley violence

Several people invaded the pitch during West Ham's match with Burnley

West Ham's match with Burnley was marred by repeated pitch invasions

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

West Ham United have announced they will pay for a beefed-up police presence at the London Stadium to prevent any repeat of the violence which marred Saturday's defeat to Burnley.

Club bosses are thought to be unhappy with stewards for failing to prevent the chaos, which saw four pitch invasions and culminated in co-owner David Sullivan being hit by a coin.

In light of this violence, West Ham have insisted that police officers be deployed inside the ground for the five remaining home games of the season, according to The Guardian.

West Ham are not technically responsible for security at the stadium, which is leased from the London Legacy Development Corporation.

However it is understood that board members have expressed their willingness to help fund the additional security personnel.

West Ham's remaining home games include glamour fixtures against the two Manchester clubs, but the potentially heated home ties against local rivals Arsenal and Tottenham have already been played.

The Hammers have endured a turbulent time this season, the second at their new stadium, and are in danger of relegation from the Premier League.

Fans are annoyed at Sullivan and David Gold's stewardship at the club, specifically the perceived refusal to invest big money in the squad and the decision to sell off the previous ground, Upton Park, and play at a rented stadium instead.