Wenger: West Ham violence sets back case for safe standing

Date published: Friday 28th October 2016 10:06

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger believes that the violence at West Ham’s EFL Cup game in midweek is “not a very good advert” for bringing back standing at football matches.

Police made six arrests as skirmishes broke out inside the London Stadium during the Hammers’ EFL Cup victory over London neighbours Chelsea.

Coins, seats and other objects appeared to be thrown by supporters during the match, while up to 200 people could now face banning orders as a result of the incidents.

Wenger, who is in favour of bringing back safe standing, thinks the violence could have set back any opportunity there may have been to bring standing back to grounds in England.

“Personally I’m in favour of the resurgence of standing opportunities behind the goals and that [West Ham fan trouble] is not a very good advert to come back to standing opportunities for people in the stand,” said the Frenchman.

When asked whether the violence sets back the case for safe standing areas, Wenger replied: “Yeah of course. It’s against it completely and gives an argument for people who are against it.”

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