West Ham United’s players believe that the negative atmosphere and behavior from the supporters will have worrying implications on the club’s chances of survival, according to the Guardian.
On Saturday, West Ham fans, who have begun to lose patience with the club’s owners, took matters into their own hands by invading the pitch and chanting in front of the directors box.
The Hammers have now fallen into a serious state both on and off the pitch as they collapsed to a third consecutive defeat against Burnley.
LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 10: Mark Noble of West Ham United confronts a pitch Invader during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Burnley at London Stadium on March 10, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)Ugly scenes ensued Chris Wood’s opener at the London Stadium on Saturday as the club’s supporters vented their frustration towards the board.
Fans ran on to the pitch during the game and gathered around the directors box chanting and throwing objects at the club’s owners.
Once the game was able to get back under way, the visitors scored twice more, hardly surprising given the distractions caused by the supporters.
The defeat leaves them in real danger with just three points separating themselves and the bottom three, and with fixtures against Manchester United, Southampton, Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal all approaching.
The players are now seriously worried that more poor behavior will have a significant impact on their bid for survival with just eight games remaining this season.
The FA are considering forcing West Ham to play home games behind closed-doors following Saturday’s scenes, according to the Daily Mirror.
The Football Association have said that it “strongly condemns the crowd disturbances seen today at West Ham United versus Burnley and will be seeking observations from West Ham as well as awaiting the match referee’s report.”