West Ham stewards couldn't cope; David Sullivan hit by coin - Brooking

  • West Ham stewards couldn't cope; David Sullivan hit by coin - Brooking

West Ham stewards couldn't cope; David Sullivan hit by coin - Brooking

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek programme, Brooking said: "I think a coin did hit David Sullivan, his glasses".

Sullivan, the Hammers' co-chairman, and his partner David Gold, left the match early following a number of pitch invasions.

The saddest sight might have been West Ham luminary Sir Trevor Brooking sitting alone in the directors' box.

West Ham fans vented their frustration at the club's owners during a humiliating 3-0 defeat to Burnley at the London Stadium.

West Ham have pledged to launch a "full and thorough" investigation, while the Premier League - who praised the actions of referee Lee Mason and his fellow officials - announced they will also look into the incidents.

Although David Moyes called for his team to stick together after an afternoon of chaos left them three points above the bottom three, there is concern within West Ham's dressing room that their fight to stay in the Premier League will be derailed now the fanbase appears to have lost all faith with the board.

"That atmosphere must never come back in the last five (home) games otherwise the club is in serious trouble and the players won't be able to deliver. That was part of the reason why they thought people in the directors' box should go inside to save any more problems like that".

Police said there were four separate pitch invasions and they have received two allegations of assault which they said are being investigated.

Brooking believes stewards were not equipped to deal with the situation.

"The club are obviously going to have to look at things with the local police and make sure that trained stewards and police are in place - you're nearly looking at it and saying, "this is out of control", Brooking said.

"I saw some families leaving because the youngsters were frightened".

"I just hope that when you have an eruption and you get your emotions out (that's it) - I am hoping that was today". "A lot of the stewards who are on duty on matchdays are not West Ham people - they're actually stadium people and sometimes until they get a job there haven't had any experience dealing with football crowds".

The quality of the stewarding at the London Stadium has come under scrutiny ever since West Ham's move from Upton Park and yesterday, it faced it's toughest examination.

The Hammers are now just three points outside the relegation zone. It seems to me that there is so much anger out there that it is not going to go away.