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FSF statement: West Ham vs Chelsea

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Following the incidents at London Stadium last night, at the EFL Cup fixture between West Ham United and Chelsea, the FSF has issued the following statement:

We have been monitoring the situation at the London Stadium all season and FSF representatives attended the match last night to observe the matchday operation. 

Together with our West Ham United and Chelsea members, and affiliated groups, we are now seeking to get constructive feedback of supporters’ experiences. 

 We hope to work with the club and relevant authorities to provide meaningful input into any post-match debriefs that take place.

 Stewarding and policing operations need to be robust, proportionate and considered in order to reduce the potential for disorder. We will continue to engage with the authorities to reach this point.

 The FSF reaffirms our commitment to the eradication of violence from football and would never condone behaviour such as that witnessed among a small minority of fans last night.

 Thanks to Action Images for the picture used in this news story.

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