You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

Seven arrested after violence mars EFL Cup

Press AssociationPress Association 26/10/2016 Matt McGeehan

Seven arrests were made as violence erupted at West Ham's EFL Cup win over Chelsea at the former Olympic Stadium on Wednesday night, the Metropolitan Police announced.

Skirmishes broke out towards the end of the Hammers' 2-1 fourth-round win as police and stewards battled to maintain segregation behind the goal being defended by West Ham.

Coins, seats and other objects appeared to be thrown between rival supporters, with the Hammers indicating they will punish anyone identified as a perpetrator of trouble.

A Metropolitan Police statement read: "The seven men were arrested for public order offences and are currently in custody at various police stations.

"In addition to these arrests, 30 people were issued with directions to disperse under anti-social behaviour legislation prior to the match."

West Ham said the disorder was "quickly brought under control".

"Those found to have acted improperly will be banned from attending any West Ham United fixtures for life and we will request the courts serve banning orders to prevent these individuals attending any other football," the east London club said in a statement.

West Ham only moved into the Olympic Stadium - the centerpiece of the 2012 London Games - this season after leaving Upton Park, its home of 112 years.

But the opening three months in the 57,000-capacity venue have been dogged by West Ham's inability to eradicate the type of problems that club management believed had been consigned to history.

The worst trouble came last month, when West Ham supporters fought among themselves and clashed with stadium security staff and Watford fans during a Premier League game.

For the derby against London rival Chelsea, supporters faced enhanced security checks and a larger police presence than normal for a match attended by 45,957 spectators.

Dozens of riot police were on duty outside the stadium after the game to line the wide roads and concourses around the Olympic Park as well as the rail stations.

After guiding his team into the quarter-finals of the League Cup, Bilic was irritated to again face questions about the conduct of the club's supporters and preferred to talk about the game.

"Straight away, (for) the second question to be about something that I have nothing to say about is unfair towards the game," he said.

"Five minutes about the game and then we can talk about this. I think this game deserves to be talked about a little bit more."

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon