Outraged fans drive out club bosses and cause a stir
The Premier League match between West Ham United and FC Burnley was overshadowed by chaotic scenes. Angry fans even drive away the club bosses.
This is certainly not how West Ham United would have imagined the current Premier League season.
The previous year’s sixth round brought numerous new players – including Marko Arnautovic and Chicharito – for around 60 million euros and was eager to make a major attack. However, instead of dreaming of Europe, the “Hammers” are currently fighting against relegation, and the record of 30 games with 57 goals conceded, equivalent to 16th place, is worrying (Premier League table).
After coach Slaven Bilic was forced to resign in November 2017, David Moyes’ successor introduced a brief turnaround. However, West Ham hit the negative peak on Saturday against FC Burnley.
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At the 3-0 defeat to Burnley, the third defeat (1-4 at Liverpool and 4-1 at Swansea) Ashley Barnes broke in 66th place after their first goal. I’m gonna kill the chaos.
Hundreds of “hammers”supporters penetrated to the grandstand, abusing club bosses David Sullivan and David Gold.
“All lies, lies, lies!” and “You’ve destroyed our club!” the outraged fans chanted. As a result, security forces had to escort Sullivan and Gold out of the danger zone while the game was still running.
But that’s not all: supporters rushed onto the pitch after every goal conceded. One of them even with the corner flag in his hand! The players had to fear for their safety.
Burnley’s goalscorers Barnes and West Ham’s captain Mark Noble were both torn to the ground. The security guards were totally overwhelmed with the situation.
“I wouldn’t say I felt threatened, but in this world you never know,”Noble admitted after the defeat, but also showed understanding for the disgruntled followers:”It seemed as if the fans had had enough today, they wanted to show their emotions”.
Fortunately, nobody was seriously injured in the chaos (as of Saturday evening 8.30 pm). Sometimes it was also because Burnley’s reserve players reacted remarkably when some children got caught in the middle of the ranks.
The children were allowed to sit on the bench and watch the game in safety.
West Ham coach Moyes promised at the end of the game that the club would not relegate. I hope your fans believe that, too.