Fans warned to expect delays entering stadium

  • by Staff Writer
  • Monday, 9th December 2019

West Ham fans have been warned to expect delays when entering the London Olympic Stadium for Monday night's Premier League meeting with Arsenal.

The stadium's twitter feed announced at 3pm on Monday afternoon that supporters attending tonight's London derby should "arrive as early as possible" and not to bring bags "unless absolutely necessary".

However the notification will have arrived too late for those who plan to attend the game straight from work and who are likely to be carrying bags or other personal items.

"Stewards will be conducting an enhanced search regime this evening," confirmed the tweet - although exactly why this is the case was not revealed, leading to much speculation.

With the match being televised live and West Ham just one place above the Premier League relegation zone, some have suggested that the policy may have been implemented in order to prevent fans from bringing anti-board paraphernalia into the stadium.

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The club's board have been embarrassed in the past during televised broadcasts as a result of supporters holding aloft placards and flags condemning David Sullivan and David Gold for their leadership.

And they will be keen to avoid a repeat of the scenes that resulted in several fans being banned for life when supporters took to the pitch midway through a Premier League match against Burnley in March 2018 before gathering in front of the directors' box to protest.

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