Sport West Ham Face £100m Legal Battle Against Landlords in Aftermath of Saturday's Crowd Trouble

14:40  13 march  2018
14:40  13 march  2018 Source:   90min

West Ham player ratings: Burnley (H)

  West Ham player ratings: Burnley (H) In an ugly afternoon, West Ham suffered a 3-0 defeat to Burnley in a game disrupted by crowd troubles. West Ham owners David Sullivan and David Gold were told to leave the ground early, as mass protests erupted over the pair’s ownership of the club. Ashley Barnes put Burnley ahead in the 66th minute. This resulted in a fan invading the pitch and having an incident with Mark Noble. The West Ham captain pushed the invader leading to him being picked up by security. Substitute Chris Wood would then go on to score two goals for Burnley, condemning West Ham to defeat on a distasteful afternoon in East London. The result leaves West Ham just three points away from the relegation zone, with both Stoke and Crystal Palace having a game in hand on the Hammers, with Palace set to face Chelsea later on.

The board brought Saturday ’ s crowd trouble upon itself by refusing to acknowledge the stadium and team are substandard, says season-ticket holder Jim Kearns. West Ham fans invade pitch and protest against board – video report.

Closed doors? In the immediate aftermath of the clash, West Ham confirmed that the club had BREAKING: Sky sources: The @FA could make @WestHamUtd play number of remaining Premier League games behind closed doors following pitch invasions against @BurnleyOfficial on Saturday .

a stadium with a building in the background: West Ham United v Burnley - Premier League © Christopher Lee/GettyImages West Ham United v Burnley - Premier League

​West Ham United are set to face a £100m legal battle with the landlords of the London Stadium over revenue and stadium capacity, according to ​The Telegraph

London Stadium owners, the London Legacy Development Corperation (LLDC) met with Hammers chiefs on Monday in the wake of the distressing scenes that marred their 3-0 defeat to Burnley on Saturday, although the two sides are locked in a dispute of their own regarding stadium capacity and safety.  

a group of people holding a sign posing for the camera: West Ham United v Burnley - Premier League © Christopher Lee/GettyImages West Ham United v Burnley - Premier League

West Ham want to be granted the full stadium capacity as the club believe it will bring in a significant source of revenue, while also wanting to take full control of stewarding to prevent incidents that occurred during the Burnley defeat from happening again. 

Pardew set for crunch talks with Baggies board

  Pardew set for crunch talks with Baggies board Alan Pardew has confirmed he is to have a meeting with the board at West Brom to discuss the his future at the club after another humiliating home league loss at the hands of Leicester City. The 8th placed former champions taught the Baggies a lesson during a 4-1 battering, in which the hosts actually took the lead. The defeat was West Brom’s third in succession in the Premier League at the Hawthorns, with the two previous losses coming against other relegation threatened sides, Huddersfield and Southampton. Pardew’s overall losing streak is now extended five matches, with the club rooted to the bottom of the table. Following the humiliation at the hands of Leicester, as quoted by ESPN, Pardew said: “Before you even ask me the question, will I speak to those upstairs? Yes I will, of course I will, because it’s getting difficult.” He followed by admitting he is not sure whether he will be at the club for much longer. “They might think a change is a better thing for the club, I don’t know.” Pardew hasn’t led his team to a league victory since the 2-0 win over Brighton in January, and that was one of just three victories all season. When Pardew joined at the end of November, there was hope of not only better results, but a more attacking style of play. However, despite reasonably solid performances in draws against Tottenham, Liverpool and Arsenal, matters have worsened since the 56-year-old’s arrival. West Brom find themselves at the foot of the table and eight points off survival as the run-in begins, but all is not lost just yet; the next three fixtures for them are against Bournemouth along with two home clashes against Burnley and Swansea.

West Ham co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan were forced to flee when fans ran riot during Saturday ' s game against Burnley while missiles were seen to be thrown in the direction of the executive seats. "They were quite young and couldn't deal with the aggression they were faced with."

West Ham co-owner David Sullivan was hit by a coin amid ugly protests as angry fans ran riot during Saturday ' s 3-0 defeat to Burnley at the London Stadium. "They were quite young and couldn't deal with the aggression they were faced with."

Their move didn't start too well, as the LLDC denied the club the full 66,000 stadium capacity, initially granting 53,500 seats until a compromise of 57,000 was agreed. 

Saturday's protests against co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan is just the latest in a string of incidents in the stadium since the move, and now both parties are set for a High Court date in November.

The two sides are expected to meet this Thursday to discuss new proposals regarding match day safety at the London Stadium, including sealing off parts of the ground, police presence and extra stewarding paid for by the club themselves. 

West Ham have called the London Stadium their home since August 2016 following their move from the Boleyn Ground, paying an anunual fee of £2.5m per season, although it's safe to say the move has caused more than it fair share of problems since agreeing the 'deal of the century'.  

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West Ham ban disruptive fans for life after Burnley chaos .
Burnley's 3-0 win at West Ham was marred by chaotic scenes as disruption was caused by fans, some of whom have been given lifetime bans.West Ham have banned five supporters from attending their matches for life after ugly scenes marred the 3-0 Premier League defeat to Burnley at London Stadium on March 10.

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