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Bournemouth clash marred by angry scenes

Filed: Monday, 22nd August 2016
By: Staff Writer

There were more reports of fights and angry confrontations breaking out between home fans broke during yesterday's Bournemouth game.

And central to almost every disagreement was the issue regarding fans standing in their seats versus those preferring to sit, as per the stadium's conditions of entry.

Several scuffles were witnessed in the East Stand in particular during the game - one of which involved a large group of stewards who were attempting to force people to sit - whilst further ugly scenes broke out in the Upper Tier.

Additionally, there have been numerous reports from all around the Olympic Stadium of fans confronting each other as the issue regarding standing continues to prove a major headache.

Stewards in the East Stand attempt to force persistent standers to sit yesterday

KUMB member onestuartslater, whose season ticket is in Block 254 (Upper Tier) was close to one such incident. "Today I saw sitters and standers swapping punches (not sure who started it) and stewards being abused," he said. "I will be delighted if a few season tickets don't go beep in the a couple of weeks time."

Meanwhile fellow KUMB member Bernie Bilic also saw one fan ejected from Block 141 for refusing to sit. "He had been asked politely to sit by several around me, but he seemed to ignore them. As the game wore on I could hear a few words between various people, mainly aimed at the bloke who got thrown out.

"Come the second half it got more heated after the bloke started taking pictures of people; this is when the handbags started and a few others wanted to join in. When you've got grown men having a go at each other whilst my boy is cowering under my arm, then that's not on."

Sadly these were far from isolated incidents, with trouble erupting all around the stadium - though most notably in the East Stand, especially towards the corners of the stand where it approaches the Bobby Moore and Trevor Brooking ends.

However some, at least were able to watch the game without it being marred by fights and angry outbursts. "I feel blessed to be a stander in Block 113 tonight," said KUMB member LincolnshireHammer. "The stewards got it bob on this afternoon in my opinion.

"They made sure that they looked like they were doing their job in the first few minutes but then spent the rest of the game patrolling the stairways and chatting to people about how they will never get the block to sit!"

* Has your experience of the Olympic Stadium been blighted by fans arguing over standing? Let us know on the KUMB Forum.

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