Sitting eighteenth in the table and struggling to settle into their new stadium, there hasn’t been a lot to cheer about for West Ham this season.
While this weekend did see the Hammers stop the rot, a 1-1 draw at home to promoted Middlesbrough still lacked the desired quality. With every disappointing performance, the fans are becoming increasingly frustrated.
However, a minority of Irons supporters took their displeasure way too far upon mass clashes with Middlesbrough fans. Considering blades were even brandished, it proved a very serious and troubling incident.
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West Ham are treading water at the moment. With just one win, one draw and five defeats, Slaven Bilic’s men are drowning in the relegation zone.
Their poor fortunes didn’t change against Middlesbrough either. In fact, Cristhian Stuani’s 57th minute strike even threatened to hand the home side an unprecedented sixth defeat.
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Thankfully for the Hammers, Dimitri Payet came to their aid though. The mercurial Frenchman took on a multitude of ‘Boro players with step overs galore before eventually providing a superb finish.
Nevertheless, considering West Ham had challenged for the top four last season, 1-1 proved a rather underwhelming result. It wasn’t the pivotal game or watershed moment that it could easily proven.
Frustration at the club’s performances, given the anomalous rut they find themselves in, is of course understandable. However, the manner in which some supporters have acted is simply unacceptable.
A series of social media posts have shown West Ham hooligans targeting rival supporters in violent clashes. Numerous punches were thrown, abuse shouted and offensive articles brandished.
One such video, filmed from a coach outside the ground, can be seen below:
Moreover, here is evidence that at least one fan was using a knife within these skirmishes:
It’s fair to say these are worrying scenes. Not only are violent incidents being filmed outside of football grounds, but weapons that could cause serious injuries or worse are being used.
Unfortunately for West Ham, it’s becoming an unhealthy trend. Their 4-2 defeat to Watford saw inter-fan fighting and last season witnessed supporters ransack the Manchester United team bus.
This though, proves arguably the most serious incident yet. It can only be hoped that those involved are suitably punished and steps are taking to ensure repercussions are avoided.
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