West Ham fans suffered through one of the worst afternoons ever at the London Stadium, and some of them made their feeling against the board very clear.

In a poisonous atmosphere in east London, West Ham were hammered 3-0 by Burnley but the game will be remembered for the pitch protests from some of the home fans.

They took to the pitch after a world-class opener from Ashley Barnes, and then again following goals from Chris Wood.

And the West Ham board were advised to vacate their seats for their own safety in the second half as anger spilled over.

And this prompted Jeff Stelling to launch into a rant against the West Ham fans – and players – from the Sky Sports studio (Sky Sports news, 3pm).

“Get a grip, boys”, Stelling said as he watched the disturbing pictures on his screen.

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“He’s [David Gold] is 81 years old. This isn’t football. Learn how to lose.”

He followed up at full time saying, “Abysmal, abysmal day for West Ham. The team have disgraced themselves on the pitch.

“The fans have disgraced themselves off it. There will be serious repercussions.

“West Ham could be heading for the relegation trapdoor. They are heading for a huge, huge fine.”

Football Insider verdict:

Stelling is right. Gold is 81-years-old and whatever the fans’ feelings towards him, this sort of behaviour isn’t correct. Worse, it clearly affected the players, and in a game they could have gone on to get something out of, they ended up getting smashed. The fans have to shoulder their share of the blame for this. And Stelling is also right that the club will be facing a huge, huge fine. Where were the stewards? They were more invisible than the players this afternoon.

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