West Ham issue lifetime bans pitch invaders

ANI | Updated: Mar 22, 2018 16:54 IST

London [United Kingdom], March 22 (ANI): England football club West Ham United have issued lifetime bans to five fans who invaded the pitch during a match at the London Stadium earlier this month.

Scenes turned ugly after team's 3-0 defeat by Burnley when fans invaded the pitch and threw coins at the club's owners, David Gold and David Sullivan, reports the Independent.

West Ham said the spectators were banned for their acts of "severe violence and physical aggression" and with the "intent to injure or harm".

"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," the England club said in a statement.

It added that further bans will be issued based on witness statements and CCTV footage available, prior to their next home match against Southampton on March 31. (ANI)

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