Hostile West Ham fans must stay away during final games, says Brooking

Hostile West Ham fans must stay away during final games, says Brooking

West Ham United legend Sir Trevor Brooking says that club co-chairman David Sullivan was struck by a coin thrown by a supporter as the fallout from the scenes at the London Stadium on Saturday continues.

And Noble - who has been at the club since he was ten - is anxious by what might happen when the Hammers host Southampton in a relegation cruncher on March 31.

Defeat to Burnley left West Ham in 16th place, three points clear of the relegation zone, and Brooking, who was seated in the directors' box, believes the club's chances of survival have plummeted sharply.

"There's no way the team are going to be able to play and get the points to stay up under that kind of atmosphere". I'm a West Ham fan myself, I'm as unhappy as they are.

"Just don't come to the games at the moment until you try to allow the players to get the points to stay up", Brooking told BBC Radio 5.

"The actual level of aggression was something I couldn't believe West Ham fans would get involved with", he added.

"I think a coin did hit David Sullivan, his glasses", said Brooking.

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It read: "West Ham United have immediately launched a full and thorough investigation into the incidents which marred the second half of today's match and are committed to taking decisive and appropriate action".

Noble, 30, said of Brooking: "He probably felt the same as me walking off the pitch".

"A lot of the stewards who are on duty on matchdays are not West Ham people - they're actually stadium people and sometimes until they get a job there haven't had any experience dealing with football crowds".

Tensions were already running high after spectators made their way onto the pitch as part of a protest against owners David Gold and David Sullivan, and the 30-year-old did not cover himself in any glory for his contributions on the day. It was a awful, frightening scene and in the end, quite rightly, the West Ham staff coaxed people back into the boardroom before the final whistle because everybody was absolutely devastated by what might have happened.

"I think with that situation the mum was ushering them away so we got them over the barrier and I think they had the time of their lives sat on the bench with us".

The turmoil began when Burnley scored their first goal and a fan burst on to the pitch and darted towards several home players until he was confronted by Noble, who grabbed him and threw him to the ground.

"An emergency meeting has been called with all London Stadium stakeholders".

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