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west ham 3 1000x500It’s over ten months since our game against West Ham United at the London Stadium was interrupted by home supporters protesting each time we scored in the 3-0 win against them.

It’s taken a while but the FA have today handed out their punishment to West Ham; they’ve fined them a total of £100,000 because of the pitch invasions.

The FA, in their deliberations, found stewarding for the game had been reduced, something unknown to West Ham while a report by the head of security for LS185, the stadium operators, was updated to remove negative comments about the removal of staff. The FA rejected claims by LS185’s head of security Dave Sadler that only the relevant parts in the report were retained.

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West Ham denied the charge of failing to ensure that its spectators conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and that no spectators or unauthorised persons encroached onto the pitch during the game. It was subsequently found prove and was sanctioned by an independent regulatory commission last Friday.

Vice-chairman Karren Brady had described it as one of the most painful days in the club’s history and having been fined, she said: “Following the conclusion of the FA inquiry, we would like to reaffirm our sincere apologies for the scenes witnessed at our home game against Burnley almost a year ago.

“The club has done everything within its power to address the issues that occurred that day, despite having no control over match day security operations, a point which is accepted and reflected the FA’s findings.

“In line with our zero-tolerance approach, immediate action was taken against the perpetrators, resulting in 23 banning orders being issued. There is no place for behaviour like that at our club.”

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For the record: Ashley Barnes opened the scoring for us with substitute Chris Wood adding the second and third goals. Our players, at the time, were praised for coming to the assistance of some young supporters, allowing them onto our subs’ bench to watch the game.

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