West Ham charged over fan behaviour at Burnley game
Last Updated: 27/06/18 5:15pm
West Ham have been charged by the FA for the behaviour of their fans during their game against Burnley in March.
Ugly scenes unfolded during the Hammers' 3-0 Premier League defeat at the London Stadium, with some supporters invading the pitch, while others vented their anger at the club's board.
West Ham owners David Gold and David Sullivan were forced to leave their seats in the directors' box for their own safety.
An FA statement read: "West Ham United FC has been charged for failing to ensure that its spectators conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and that no spectators or unauthorised persons encroached onto the pitch during the Premier League match against Burnley FC on Saturday 10 March.
"The club has until Thursday 5 July to respond."
While some West Ham fans had already entered the field during the Burnley game, hundreds of others congregated beneath the directors' box to protest against the club's board.
Down on the pitch, West Ham captain Mark Noble grappled one fan to the floor, defender James Collins frogmarched two away and Burnley forward Ashley Barnes tripped another over.
Police had to be positioned along the touchline and specifically around the West Ham bench, where more disturbances appeared to take place.
The scenes were condemned by the club's then manager David Moyes, London mayor Sadiq Khan and Newham Council, which remains the certifying authority for the stadium.
An emergency meeting with all London Stadium stakeholders, which included Gold and Sullivan, was also called.
The incident occurred with the club in the midst of a battle against relegation to the Premier League but the Hammers eventually pulled clear to finish 13th
The London club are hoping for better next season, under former Premier League title winning boss Manuel Pellegrini.