• West Ham battled their own supporters during a home defeat against Burnley as fans showed their frustration
  • In the second half, the game descended into chaos with home pitch invaders able to enter the field of play
  • Hammers captain Mark Noble threw one pitch invader too the ground in anger as security lost control
  • Another supporter stole the corner flag before planting it in the centre circle as the players watched on 

Adam Crafton for The Mail on Sunday

West Ham’s match against Burnley descended into shame and chaos on Saturday afternoon as captain Mark Noble clashed with a pitch invader and supporters battled with stewards aid rising supporter unrest.

West Ham fell 1-0 down in the second-half when Ashley Barnes opened the scoring and it was the cue for chaotic scenes to develop at the London Stadium. 

A West Ham supporter broke onto the field and as he evaded security officials, Noble confronted the fan and appeared to throw him to the ground. He was then restrained by team-mates and the referee Lee Mason.

Mark Noble threw a West Ham pitch invader to the ground in the 3-0 defeat to Burnley as the game descended into chaos

Mark Noble threw a West Ham pitch invader to the ground in the 3-0 defeat to Burnley as the game descended into chaos

The game will be remembered for the staggering scenes which saw multiple fans able to enter the playing field mid-game

The game will be remembered for the staggering scenes which saw multiple fans able to enter the playing field mid-game

The game will be remembered for the staggering scenes which saw multiple fans able to enter the playing field mid-game

Goalkeeper Joe Hart restrained the Hammers captain who was furious at what was happening and looked to set an example

Goalkeeper Joe Hart restrained the Hammers captain who was furious at what was happening and looked to set an example

Goalkeeper Joe Hart restrained the Hammers captain who was furious at what was happening and looked to set an example

Stewards eventually managed to restrain and remove the invaders but not before they made their feelings quite clear

Stewards eventually managed to restrain and remove the invaders but not before they made their feelings quite clear

Stewards eventually managed to restrain and remove the invaders but not before they made their feelings quite clear

The supporter was eventually captured by security but it was the starting pistol for more supporters to make their way onto the pitch. One ran on, took the corner flag and planted it in the middle of the pitch.

Moments after, Burnley doubled their lead through Chris Wood and the protests intensified.

Supporters then sought to confront joint chairmen David Gold and David Sullivan in their directors’ seating area and were held back by stewards. 

The actions came during a furious protest from home supporters which took particular aim at owners David Gold and Sullivan

The actions came during a furious protest from home supporters which took particular aim at owners David Gold and Sullivan

The actions came during a furious protest from home supporters which took particular aim at owners David Gold and Sullivan

James Collins was one player that engaged in a fiery exchange with a disgruntled supporter as fans looked for answers

James Collins was one player that engaged in a fiery exchange with a disgruntled supporter as fans looked for answers

James Collins was one player that engaged in a fiery exchange with a disgruntled supporter as fans looked for answers

Burnley striker Ashley Barnes, who scored in the win, tripped up one of the hooligans as both sets of players were angry

Burnley striker Ashley Barnes, who scored in the win, tripped up one of the hooligans as both sets of players were angry

Burnley striker Ashley Barnes, who scored in the win, tripped up one of the hooligans as both sets of players were angry

With the game in total disarray, it became even more bizarre when a supporter lifted aloft the corner flag he had stolen

With the game in total disarray, it became even more bizarre when a supporter lifted aloft the corner flag he had stolen

With the game in total disarray, it became even more bizarre when a supporter lifted aloft the corner flag he had stolen

In another bizarre moment, the Burnley bench welcomed some young supporters to watch the game from their dug-out

In another bizarre moment, the Burnley bench welcomed some young supporters to watch the game from their dug-out

In another bizarre moment, the Burnley bench welcomed some young supporters to watch the game from their dug-out

Supporters then persisted on the concourse for over ten minutes to sing ‘Sack the board’ and ‘We are not West Ham anymore.’

At one point, matters turned violent as supporters grappled with a handful of stewards, who struggled to stem the tide.

Burnley then scored a third goal through Wood and another supporter came onto the pitch and confronted Burnley and West Ham players.

The two joint-chairmen left after 85 minutes after extended periods of vicious taunting and abuse.

After they exited, dozens of West Ham supporters made their way down the seating area and threatened to invade the pitch behind the dugout area. Around thirty police officers then arrived as they sought to hold back the protest. 

More to follow. 

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