Police make seven arrests following “coin throwing” at West Ham game

Seven people were arrested at last night’s home win for West Ham against Chelsea at the London Stadium.

The BBC is reporting that seats, coins and plastic bottles were tossed into the crowd, and the Premier League is warning that perpetrators could face lifetime bans.

Police were present inside the stadium for the first time due to an ongoing issue with the quality of the radio communication system.

“Although the vast majority of people left the stadium peacefully and were well behaved, there were a minority of people who attended the match that were clearly intent on being involved in confrontation and violence,” said police boss Commander BJ Harrington.

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

“We welcome the condemnation from partners and have already started a post match investigation.

“We have already made seven arrests and will work tirelessly to identify people involved and bring them to justice,” he added.

The BBC’s Jonathan Overend, a presenter on Radio 5 Live, wrote: “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.”

(Pic: BBC)

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