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FSF blast Mayor's false report

Filed: Friday, 30th March 2018
By: Staff Writer

The Football Supporters' Federation have responded to reports that incorrectly reported the number of arrests and incidents which occurred during the recent West Ham v Burnley match.

Following the match and a subsequent meeting of the local Safety Advisory Board (SAB), London Mayor Sadiq Khan falsely claimed that there has been "150 incidents of trouble".

He also insisted that the disruptions during the game were part of an organised plot by "a known group of individuals" - even though it is virtually impossible for most supporters to receive a phone signal inside the stadium.

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Following Khan's wild and unsubstantiated claims, both the Met police and West Ham United confirmed that the details had not been supplied them - whilst representatives of stadium operators LS185 refused to comment.

And police have since confirmed that there were actually a total of 41 recorded incidents on the day, incidents that included the releasing of balloons and a missing child; considerably less than the figure given to Khan.

Posting on twitter this morning in response to Khan's comments, the FSF's Amanda Jacks hit out at the unnamed sources who provided the false figures.

"The shift from 150 incidents at the West Ham v Burnley game including 40 assaults and accusations of conspiracy that were publicly condemned by Londonís Mayor, to a police-recognised 41 incidents including the release of black balloons and a missing child is really quite something," she wrote.

West Ham face Southampton at the Olympic Stadium tomorrow, the first time the arena has been used to host football since the Burnley clash. Supporters are planning at least two anti-Board demonstrations before the game.

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