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West Ham to ban troublemakers

West Ham is looking to ban misbehaving fans after violence in the stands during the 4-2 loss to Watford on Saturday at the London Stadium.

The club has warned supporters that they could hand out lifetime bans to people who are found to be involved in crowd disturbances. Fighting broke out towards the end of the match on Saturday, and several people were ejected from the arena. The Hammers released a statement on their website, condemning the behavior.

“West Ham United unreservedly condemn the behavior of the individuals involved in incidents during today’s fixture against Watford,” the statement read.

“While these isolated incidents were quickly brought under control, this behaviour has no place in football and West Ham United will work tirelessly to eradicate such incidents.

“We are currently undertaking an immediate full review with all stakeholders. This includes police, stadium landlord and operator LS185, who are responsible for appointing and managing stewards and security, to ensure we eradicate such incidents moving forward.”

“Our policy on this behaviour remains one of zero tolerance and we will work with the police and other stakeholders to identify the individuals involved. Once identified, they will be banned from attending any West Ham United fixture for life and we will request the courts serve banning orders to prevent these individuals attending any football.”

Manager Slaven Bilic was asked about the situation, but he said he didn’t see anything from the touchline.

“I’ve been told about it, and I asked what riot? I really didn’t see anything,” Bilic said. “I knew that at 4-2 the stadium was not packed because people were starting to go home, but I didn’t see it, so I can’t give a comment.”

West Ham to ban troublemakers

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