West Ham say they will implement heightened security measures for their Premier clash against Southampton on Saturday in a bid to avoid the trouble which marred their last match at London Stadium.
Almost 20 supporters have been issued with lifetime bans following the shameful scenes during the 3-0 defeat by Burnley on March 10 and the club “expect additional bans to be confirmed imminently”.
West Ham said in a statement that “a number of proactive steps” have been taken ahead of their match against the Saints, which will include “a significantly enhanced number of police officers and security personnel” at London Stadium.
The statement went on to read: “Every ticket holder is an ambassador for this club and we would like to remind those coming to London Stadium on Saturday of their responsibilities to themselves, their fellow supporters, the team and everyone associated with the club to support West Ham United in a passionate, respectful manner.
“During the second half of that Burnley game, we witnessed scenes that none of us would like to see repeated and this Saturday we encourage you all to join us in backing the team in a hugely important fixture and make us all feel proud of West Ham United again.”