West Ham fans at London Stadium.
West Ham fans at London Stadium. Mike Hewitt

West Ham to investigate crowd trouble

FOOTBALL: West Ham United officials have vowed to crack down on any fans involved in incidents of hooliganism after more fighting marred its home game with Middlesbrough.

The Hammers moved to the London Stadium, home of the Olympics in 2012, this season and for the third time this campaign, there has been fighting inside and outside the ground.

Supporters have protested at the decision to close West Ham's old ground at Upton Park, leading to scuffles inside the new ground at home games against Bournemouth and Watford.

The fights moved to outside the stadium after the Middlesbrough clash, involving both sets of fans.

"West Ham United will investigate incidents involving both sets of supporters outside London Stadium after (Saturday's) 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough,” a club spokesperson said in a statement.

"Metropolitan Police have confirmed that two men were arrested on suspicion of affray and the third was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer. All three currently remain in custody pending further inquiries.

"This behaviour has no place in football and West Ham United, with co-operation from all London Stadium stakeholders, including the police, stadium landlords E20 and stadium operators LS185, will continue to operate a zero-tolerance policy on such incidents.

"We must stress that the vast majority of the more than 400,000 supporters who have attended a game at the stadium since August have behaved impeccably and we will not let the acts of mindless individuals tarnish their reputation.”