West Ham owners David Sullivan and David Gold braced for fresh fan protests | Football | Sport
The Hammers are still reeling over the fall-out from the ugly scenes at London Stadium during Saturday’s 3-0 defeat by Burnley.
Four separate pitch invasions interrupted the game, with co-owner David Sullivan hit by a coin and a female steward suffering concussion after being knocked to the ground.
Club legend Sir Trevor Brooking has since called for angry fans to stay away from future games or risk the team getting relegated.
But umbrella group Real West Ham Fans have now announced a “static demonstration” ahead of the March 31 game against Southampton.
On the same day, the West Ham United Independent Supporters’ Association will poll members with a view to arranging a protest march on an unspecified date.
The two groups joined forces when a march was first proposed weeks ago but are now at war, with allegations swirling of threats made to the members of each.
West Ham have until the end of the week to respond to the Football Association with their observations about Saturday’s violence.
The club look set to escape the punishment of playing behind closed doors but could be hit with a hefty fine.