By Alex Taylor
West Ham have implemented new crowd control measures ahead of their League Cup clash with Accrington Stanley on Wednesday.
The Hammers moved from Upton Park to the London Stadium this summer, but the switch has been tainted by fan violence at recent matches.
Issues reached peak levels during the club’s 4-2 loss to Watford on Saturday 10th September as poor stewarding and fan fighting led to pandemonium in the crowd.
According to The Mirror co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold have issued a message to supporters in the match-day programme against Accrington. They said:
“We want all stewarding to be of the highest standard and have assurances from [stadium owners] E20 and [operators] LS185, who control the safety and security at London Stadium, that they will significantly improve stewarding.
“That will be by providing better training, contracting additional stewarding companies with more relevant football experience and by deploying stewards to man the same areas for every game to help build some familiarity between the Stadium staff and our fans.”
The east London club are hoping to stop the rot against Accrington. Slaven Bilic’s side have lost their last four games in all competitions, in which they have conceded 12 goals.
This seasons form comes in stark contrast to West Ham’s performances last term.
Bilic guided the claret and blue outfit to a stunning 7th place finish in the Premier League in his first season in charge and earnt qualification to this seasons Europa League tournament.