West Ham could see their stadium capacity reduced for their next home league game after supporters visibly protested during the Burnley defeat on Saturday, according to the Daily Mail.
The newspaper claim that the Hammers face the major threat of having their stadium capacity reduced for their next home league game against Southampton on March 31 after four separate pitch invasions.
However it is believed that Mark Noble is highly unlikely to face retrospective action after he clashed with a fan on the pitch during his side’s 3-0 defeat to Burnley.
Referee Lee Mason witnessed the Hammers captain’s interaction with the fan and because of this it’s likely to be the end of the issue as the referee opted not to act at that time.
Several Hammers fans vented their frustrations at their club’s current direction during the 3-0 defeat with much of their criticism being directed at the club’s owners, David Gold and David Sullivan, who had coins thrown at them before the full-time whistle.
It’s excellent news that Noble is unlikely to be punished for the incident at the London Stadium on Saturday, as it was hard to blame the midfielder for being frustrated at the constant pitch invasions. However it’s worrying that the club could now see their capacity limited for their game against the Saints at the end of the March. It just shows how bad the situation has gotten for West Ham supporters as they felt the need to protest in such a memorable way. Although if the Hammers do get their capacity limited for their next game, it will cause the owners to sit up and take even more notice as it will limit the revenue they can generate from that game.