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Security at West Ham to be reviewed after unrest

NEWHAM Council is conducting an urgent review of security at the London Stadium in the wake of the ugly scenes which marred West Ham’s 3-0 home defeat to Burnley.

The Hammers face an investigation by the Football Association after a series of pitch invasions and supporter unrest which saw co-owner David Sullivan reportedly struck by a coin near the end of Saturday’s game.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan condemned the incidents as ‘disgraceful’ and called for West Ham to ‘carry out a thorough investigation, with stakeholders, and take proper action against supporters who misbehaved’.

The mayor announced in December he would take full control of the stadium, with the London Borough of Newham withdrawing from the partnership which owns it. Stewarding is overseen externally via stadium operators E20 and has proved to be a frequent problem.

The latest controversial scenes have raised fears West Ham could be punished by having to play a future game or games behind closed doors.

Newham Council remains the certifying authority for the stadium and will wait on the outcome of discussions before deciding what to do.

A statement read: ‘In December Newham Council completely withdrew from its position as part-owners but retains the role of certifying authority. In that capacity the council, along with the Sports Ground Safety Authority, is urgently reviewing the safety management plans and procedures and staffing of the stadium.’