West Ham United is putting together a plan to avoid future crowd disturbances after the incident in the EFL Cup game against Chelsea.
West Ham won the game 2-1, but most of the aftermath was about the crowd disturbances at London Stadium as opposing fans clashed with each other and with police. The club will now implement several measures to prevent this from happening again. The plan, which was shared with Sky Sports, includes:
▪ Creating more distance between opposing fans to prevent missile throwing. This will be achieved by widening the segregation line on both sides of the lower tier.
▪ Removing risk groups from the stadium permanently with our ‘zero tolerance’ banning policy as outlined above.
▪ Strengthening and widening the lines of segregation on the lower concourse walkway by creating higher barriers and a 10 meter wide sterile area. This is the area which became the pinch point at the Chelsea game, and despite the fact it wasn’t actually breached, we feel it is a necessary step to prevent any similar scenes at future matches.
▪ Ensuring home/away fan egress is physically segregated upon exiting the Stadium to prevent clashes on the podium. This was in place and proved effective after the match against Chelsea. This consists of a physical barrier either side of the away supporter turnstiles, and prevents supporter integration after the game.
▪ Inside the stadium we will also be employing the enhanced tactic of issuing a group of stewards with handheld video cameras. Stewards currently have cameras attached to their armor but we believe this investment will act as a clear and visible deterrent.