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West Ham looking to identify troublemakers

West Ham United is looking at identifying 200 people that were part of the crowd disturbance during the EFL Cup game against Chelsea on Wednesday.

West Ham won the game 2-1, but once again there was trouble in the stands at the London Stadium. The club has already issued a statement that they will issue lifetime bans if the offenses are severe enough.

“An extensive safety and security operation was delivered in and around London Stadium throughout Wednesday’s match with close coordination between West Ham United, London Stadium 185 and the Metropolitan Police Service,” a spokesperson said.

“A small number of individuals were intent on becoming involved in disorder and are being investigated, identified and banned from London Stadium as a matter of priority.

“The response of our safety and security teams was measured, fast and effective and we commend our stewarding and response personnel who were called to deal with several incidents of challenging behavior.

“It must be stressed that the vast majority of West Ham United and visiting supporters have behaved impeccably and we are committed to ensuring that they can continue to support their team in a safe environment.

“We wish to thank the genuine supporters who are behaving impeccably when attending matches at London Stadium for their fantastic support. We wish to assure them that we will work tirelessly to ban those who seek to affect their enjoyment and match experience.”

West Ham fans have been involved in several altercations in recent time, including throwing stones at the Manchester United bus last season when they came to town to take on the Hammers.

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