The London Legacy Development Corporation has confirmed there will be an “urgent and forensic review” into how events unfolded during a pitch invasion at the London Stadium.
Newham Council will wait on the outcome of discussions at the emergency Stadium Safety Advisory Group (SAG) before deciding what further action is needed.
A statement read:
Newham Council is extremely concerned about the violent scenes witnessed during Saturday’s match, and utterly condemn the actions of the small minority of troublemakers responsible.
In December last year Newham Council completely withdrew from its position as part owners of the London Stadium, but retains the role of certifying authority. In that capacity the council, along with the Sports Ground Safety Authority, is urgently reviewing the safety management plans and procedures and staffing of the stadium.
The evidence gathered and the revised safety management plans will be discussed at an emergency Stadium Safety Advisory Group which includes the Metropolitan Police, E20 and West Ham United FC.
The discussion at the SAG will assist the council before any decision is made regarding future sporting and other events.
Stewarding is overseen externally via the stadium operators E20 rather than the club, and has been a frequent problem for the Hammers since their move from Upton Park.
The SGSA issued this statement:
It was disappointing to see the incidents that occurred on Saturday 10 March as West Ham played Burnley at the London Stadium.
Everyone in a sports ground should be able to be there in safety. The primary responsibility for safety rests with the ground management who must ensure that the General Safety Certificate conditions and other safety obligations are adhered to.
The Local Authority is responsible for issuing the General Safety Certificate for the stadium and will be convening a Safety Advisory Group meeting to discuss the issues and agree an approach to avoid a repeat of these incidents in the future.
The safety of everyone in the ground must be a priority and the SGSA will continue to monitor the situation and ensure the Local Authority, the Police, the stadium operator and West Ham United continue to work together to ensure safety is not compromised.
Exclusion for pitch invasion at Hull
A Hull City supporter has been issued with a three-year banning order from attending any event at the KCOM Stadium following his protest against the club’s owners Assem and Ehab Allam.
Michael Mitchinson confirmed on social media that he received a banning order from the Stadium Management Company (SMC) following his on-field protest after the conclusion of the game between City and Sheffield United on February 23, 2018.
SMC safety officer Gary Neal reviewed a recording of Mitchinson climbing over the East Stand advertising boards and encroaching onto the pitch. He found that Mitchinson’s actions breached Ground Regulation 11.3 by entering the playing surface. This is also an offence under Section 4 of the Football (Offences) Act 1991. Mitchinson’s details were subsequently shared with Humberside Police.