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West Ham moving in right direction to stop crowd trouble

There was greater segregation. Photo: PA

There weren't many talking points on the pitch for West Ham, much of the focus was placed on how the club's hierarchy were going to tackle the growing issue around crowd trouble at the London Stadium.

Today we have implemented even more robust measures which we believe will help ensure the safe and friendly environment we are all working so hard to achieve at the London Stadium.

– David Gold and David Sullivan statement
It was a lot quieter. Credit: PA

For the first time this season the Metropolitan police have been deployed inside the stadium to avoid further outbreaks of violence. This follows the ugly scenes which marred West Ham's last home game against Chelsea in the EFL Cup last week.

The Metropolitan Police Service has a comprehensive, and robust, policing plan for the match on Saturday, 5 November between West Ham and Stoke City at London Stadium.

Although Airwaves radio is not yet installed at the venue, a tactical measure will be in place to ensure adequate airwaves coverage for safe deployment of officers in the stadium.

– Commander BJ Harrington, Metropolitan Police

The game seemed largely to pass without any trouble. Police officers were quick to be more of a presence once a goal had been scored and at either ends of the half.

West Ham fans already segregated due to the stadiums design under the Sir Trevor Brooking stand were visibly hurling abuse at one another in addition to that at travelling fans. Police and stewards swiftly lined the rows to ensure trouble didn't escalate.

As for the game itself a 1-1 draw seemed a fair result but much of the attention was on what was happening in the stands rather than the 22 men on the pitch.