West Ham Train In Miami As Club Prepare FA Response To Unrest
West Ham’s players began a warm-weather training camp in Miami on Wednesday while the club prepare action after unrest at the London Stadium.
David Moyes’ side, already knocked out of the FA Cup, do not play again until March 31 when they will return to the London Stadium to face fellow Premier League strugglers Southampton.
The club’s last home fixture was a 3-0 defeat to Burnley on Saturday, when play was interrupted on four separate occasions by pitch invasions.
Co-owner David Sullivan was hit by a coin and forced to leave the directors’ box, as hundreds of supporters congregated below in protest at the club’s board.
The FA has given West Ham until the end of the week to provide their observations on the unrest, and the Hammers have vowed to work alongside the authorities in order to identify those involved in the violence.
The players have departed to the United States to undergo a pre-planned training camp, though, with West Ham just three points off the relegation zone with eight games remaining.
West Ham have confirmed they will hand lifetime bans to those fans who invaded the pitch and threw missiles during the defeat to Burnley.
Club captain Mark Noble admitted after the game the players are finding the London Stadium atmosphere difficult to bear and said they must protect themselves against invasive supporters.