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West Ham to launch investigation after fans invade pitch


West Ham have launched an immediate inquiry after supporters invaded the pitch during Saturday's 3-0 home defeat by Burnley.

Two fans went onto the pitch after Burnley took the lead - with one approaching United's Mark Noble.

Another fan ran on with a corner flag shortly after Burnley scored their second, with further incursions after the visitors struck a late third.

Noble admitted that the atmosphere at London Stadium was "horrible".

Fans let opinions & emotions take over - Noble

The Hammers' captain said he did not feel in "danger" but that it was necessary to defend himself.

"I'm a West Ham fan and I've always protected the club," he said. "If someone approaches me, I'll protect myself.

"It's been like this for the past two seasons, since we moved to this stadium.

"Every time we lose we and the board get a lot of stick. It seemed today that the fans had had enough.

"They wanted to show their emotion. When fans come to the game with the hump, they know how to show their emotions.

"The atmosphere was horrible. We know a lot of it isn't aimed at the players, but we have to be man enough to play in that atmosphere."

Noble, 30, called for supporters to put their animosity towards the club's board aside until the season is over.

"I'm really hoping the fans have got it off their chest. They are a true, honest and passionate bunch of people. I'm hoping that they have had their outburst, because all that matters is staying in the Premier League," he added.

"If they can help us get over the line, maybe we can sort it out in the summer."


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