West Ham v Chelsea: Slaven Bilic criticises fan behaviour in EFL Cup tie

Riot police and stewards at West Ham v Chelsea

Stewards and riot police intervened when fans came together in the stadium

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic criticised the “unacceptable” behaviour of some fans after crowd trouble marred the EFL Cup fourth-round win over Chelsea.

Plastic bottles and seats were thrown during West Ham’s 2-1 victory at London Stadium and there were seven arrests as hundreds of supporters clashed and riot police entered the concourse.

Bilic said: “We are totally against it as a club, as a team.”

West Ham said they will ban any fans involved for life.

Security was boosted for the London derby and an alcohol ban imposed as part of a “robust policing plan” following crowd trouble at the stadium this season.

BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent Richard Conway, who was at the match, said police and stewards were “very swift to respond”.

The Metropolitan Police, who made seven arrests for alleged public order offences, described the incidents as “unacceptable” and said 30 people were prevented from attending.

‘Someone will get killed there’

Bilic added: “For those kind of things to happen, especially in England, is unacceptable.”

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said: “I don’t really like to see these situations.”

One fan at the game told BBC Radio 5 live it “was an absolute nightmare”, adding: “If they don’t close that stadium someone will get killed there.”

West Ham said in a statement they “unreservedly condemn” fans’ behaviour and will work with the stadium operator, Chelsea and the Metropolitan Police to identify the supporters involved.

They said 23 fans have been banned from the stadium this season, the Hammers’ first at the former Olympic Stadium following their move from Upton Park.

Four people were arrested following disorder at the Premier League match against Middlesbrough on 1 October.

Police commander BJ Harrington said: “there were a minority of people who attended the match that were clearly intent on being involved in confrontation and violence.

“Despite extensive work with both clubs and a large and robust policing operation, there were unacceptable incidents inside and outside the stadium, before, during and after the game.”

‘Sad scenes’

BBC Radio 5 live presenter Jonathan Overend, commentating on the game, said: “This has been brewing all night.

“It’s been hard to watch the match because of the flash points developing. The stewards have got a tough job here. Fans are trying to burst at each other.

“They’ve been hurling missiles at each other. It looks like plastic bottles and I’ve seen what looks like three or four plastic seats being thrown.”


A fan gets past the police cordon to approach West Ham fans


Seats, coins and plastic bottles were thrown by fans

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