West Ham have issued life bans from the club’s home and away games, to fans who threw missiles or invaded the pitch box during the home game against Burnley at the London Stadium on 10 March.
Hammers chiefs vowed to clamp down after crowd trouble which included some fans throwing coins and objects towards co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan, who were in the directors’ box.
Last week Vice chairman Karren Brady issued a public apology for the chaos that evolved, describing the event as “one of the most painful days” in the club’s history.
The protests started after fans became increasingly frustrated in the way the club is being run by co-owners Gold and Sullivan.
The club released the following statement Thursday morning.
“Lifetime bans from all West Ham United matches, both home and away, have today been issued to five individuals who crossed safety barriers to enter the field of play – a criminal offence that is a severe breach of stadium safety regulations – while a number of individuals have also been banned for life for violently throwing coins or objects with intent to injure or harm on the bridge directly in front of the directors’ box.
“Furthermore, a number of additional incidents, including attempted pitch incursions and acts of violence, are currently being investigated in collaboration with stadium operators LS185 and the police.
“The club expect to issue further bans based on witness statements and the high quality CCTV footage available, prior to our next home match against Southampton on March 31.
“West Ham United would like to reiterate that the safety and security of our supporters, players and staff remains our absolute priority at London Stadium.
“We take a zero tolerance approach to any form of violence that endangers the welfare of others, and we are committed to ensuring a safe and comfortable environment for all spectators.”