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Police presence to be increased for rest of season


Filed: Monday, 12th March 2018
By: Staff Writer


Security is set to be stepped up at the Olympic Stadium following Saturday's scenes of unrest.

Almost immediately after the final whistle West Ham ordered an investigation into the disturbances witnessed during the second half of Saturday's game with Burnley, which United lost 3-0.

And as a result the stadium is likely to have a greater police presence than ever before for the five remaining matches to be staged at Stratford this season.

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Despite having promised to beef up security internally on several occasions since West Ham moved into the stadium during the summer of 2016, stadium operators LS185 and E20 have consistently fallen short of providing acceptable levels of safety for fans.

And that was perhaps best encapsulated by a video of a steward falling asleep during Saturday's game, shortly before all hell broke loose around him.

With West Ham United retaining little faith in the stadium operators, and with the Premier League threatening to impose sanctions upon the club as a result of the constant security issues, the Board are understood to have taken responsibility for the fans' safety in-house.

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And that is likely to result in an increased police presence inside the stadium for each of the remaining games to be staged in Stratford.

Remarkably perhaps, there were few if any police inside the ground on Saturday prior to the first pitch invasion as a result of the game being categorised as a low-risk fixture.

However the presence of co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold plus vice chair Karren Brady, all of whom are deeply unpopular with large sections of the fan base is likely to necessitate increased police presence, regardless of the opposition.





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