Filed: Thursday, 3rd November 2016
By: Staff Writer
A security firm charged with supplying stewards for this weekend's Premier League clash between West Ham and Stoke at the Olympic Stadium has allegedly asked for '10 good lads' to join their team.
A text message, understood to have been issued by a Heathrow-based security firm earlier today was forwarded to KUMB.com by a concerned season ticket holder, who had themselves been forwarded the missive by a club doorman who was one of the original recipients.
And rather than seeking standard security staff, when pressed the sender of the text is understood to have told the doorman in question that they were looking for individuals with "cage-fighting backgrounds, or similar".
"Guys, as you might of seen on the news lately West Ham have been having problems with trouble," read the text. "I've been asked to take 10 GOOD lads in there this Saturday start 11.30-18.30.
"I'd like you to join me if your free? We will be going in and taking people out of there seats and handing them over to the police. These are people that are being band from the stadium."
KUMB understands that West Ham United were unaware of the text and the decision to request additional security staff. The stewarding at the stadium is largely handled by security firm OCS.
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