By Emma Sanders
West Ham should play behind closed doors if their fans’ behaviour against Chelsea is repeated, insists a London and Westminster MP.
Mark Field says West Ham should be made to produce a detailed security plan to the FA within the next two weeks following the weekend’s display of violence.
The FA have launched an investigation into the behaviour of West Ham and Chelsea fans during the Hammers’ 1-0 victory against their London rivals in the EFL Cup, Sky Sports reports.
Local MP, Field says future safety at football matches is of paramount priority and West Ham’s club officials should plan for better security at the London Stadium in the future.
“Within the next 14 days, the board of West Ham United FC should present a detailed plan to the FA and the Premier League outlining what they are going to do about security,” Field told the London Evening Standard.
“None of these problems were unforeseeable, given the nature of the stadium and difficulties with policing large footballing crowds.
“There have been some clear failings and they now need to move with urgency to deliver a plan about segregation and broader public order issues.
“If there is a repeat of the violence, the next two or three home games for West Ham should be played behind closed doors,” he added.
Violence broke out between fans on Wednesday evening and police were forced to make seven arrests after stewards had to fight off fans behind the West Ham goal.
Fans caused trouble towards the end of the game, as coins, match programmes and other objects were thrown in areas where children were sat (an eight year old girl was caught up in the violent scenes.)
In other West Ham news, Winston Reid gives praise for his Hammers’ teammates following their victory against Chelsea.