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West Ham manager describes crowd trouble as 'unacceptable'

27 October 2016, 14:37

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 Ham.

"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 in 2012.

Also read: English soccer shamed as Man United bus attacked

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."

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