Mayor backs call for unity ahead of West Ham game at London Stadium
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has backed calls from West Ham captain Mark Noble and Sir Trevor Brooking for supporters to unite and get behind the team ahead of Saturday’s game against Southampton at the London Stadium.
Sadiq's comments came as the stadium operators LS185, the London Legacy Development Corporation, the Metropolitan Police and West Ham United – all members of the Safety Advisory Group - collectively agreed significantly enhanced security plans for this weekend’s Premier League fixture at one of their regular meetings before home games.
For Saturday’s game, there will be:
- A significant increase in the number of stewards both in the stands and pitch-side response teams
- Police units both inside and outside the stadium
- Measures to reduce free flow around the stadium
The cost of these will be met by London taxpayers, due to the terms agreed by the previous Mayor, Boris Johnson, and West Ham United.
These measures have been put in place following the incidents in the second half of the fixture against Burnley at the London Stadium on Saturday 10 March to provide additional reassurance around the safety and security of the stadium for fans of both teams.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “I fully support Sir Trevor Brooking and West Ham captain Mark Noble’s open letters to fans, urging them to back the team on Saturday. Nobody wants to witness scenes like those during the last home game, which were caused by a small minority.
“Members of the Safety Advisory Group, which includes West Ham, that meet before every home game have collectively agreed on a strong security plan for this weekend’s game.
“The safety of all supporters and visitors to the London Stadium is of paramount importance.”