West Ham United have served lifetime bans to two fans after they pitch invaded during their defeat to Tottenham at the London Stadium on Wednesday night.
The first came before Fernando Llorente put Spurs 3-1 up. Angelo Ogbonna held on to the invader before the culprit was taken off the pitch.
Another ‘fan’, this time in a Scream mask, came onto the pitch before the final whistle, then got ushered away by Hammers defender Arthur Masuaku.
Manager Manuel Pellegrini said after the defeat: “I don’t think it is good for football. One of the most important things the Premier League has is, it is always organised so I think that it is not good for football.
“When you lose a goal like that and the game it is not good to try and find excuses.
“The first goal also came after we dominated the game and they scored. After that we made mistakes, for the second goal as well.
“It was important to continue in this cup, but we couldn’t. But we must always think that the Premier League is more important on Saturday.”
— James Winston (@JonnyTwoHats10) November 2, 2018
WEST HAM UNITED’S CLUB STATEMENT:
“West Ham United can confirm that following two incidents of pitch encroachment during our game against Tottenham Hotspur in the Carabao Cup, two individuals have been arrested and charged by the police.
“Encroaching the pitch is a criminal offence that will not be tolerated by the Club. In keeping with the Club’s zero tolerance policy, the two individuals will be banned for life from London Stadium with immediate effect.”
Both fans were also arrested and charged by the police.
There was also trouble in the stands when Tottenham fans sat in the home end…
Tottenham supporters sat in the home end last night, didn’t go down well with West Ham fans… 😬
Majority of football fans found it all amusing with one stating the club could have signed them up – we’ve rounded up what they’ve been saying, take a look on the next page.
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