London — West Ham manager Slaven Bilic described as
"unacceptable" the fan violence that marred the team's 2-1 win over
Chelsea in the English League Cup on Wednesday.
Objects were thrown and there were scuffles between both
sets of fans near the end of the match at the London Stadium, as police and
stewards battled to maintain segregation behind the goal being defended by West
"Whatever happened, we are totally against it as a club
as a team," Bilic said. "For those kind of things to happen, especially
in England, is unacceptable."
It was the latest outbreak of crowd trouble at West Ham's
new ground. The club left Upton Park, its home of 112 years, at the end last
season and moved to the stadium that was the centerpiece of the London Olympics
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The worst trouble came last month, when West Ham supporters
fought among themselves and clashed with stewards and Watford fans during a
Premier League game.
For the derby against London rival Chelsea, supporters faced
enhanced security checks and a larger police presence than normal for a match
attended by 45,957 spectators in the 57,000-capacity venue.
Like Bilic, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said he didn't see
the crowd trouble.
"I don't like this type of situation. It's important to
see always the right atmosphere," Conte said. "Above all in England,
we are used to see(ing) the right atmosphere. This country is fantastic in this
aspect. I'm sorry about this situation."For
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