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Sport West Ham Face £100m Legal Battle Against Landlords in Aftermath of Saturday's Crowd Trouble

14:40  13 march  2018
14:40  13 march  2018 Source:   90min.in

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 10: General view inside the stadium ahead of the Premier League match between West Ham United and Burnley at London Stadium on March 10, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images).

West Ham United are facing an investigation by the Football Association after their defeat by Burnley was marred by ugly scenes on and off the pitch as stewards at the London Stadium failed to stop supporters from mounting furious protests against the board.

a stadium with a building in the background: West Ham United v Burnley - Premier League © Christopher Lee/GettyImages West Ham United v Burnley - Premier League

​West Ham United are set to face a £100m legal battle with the landlords of the London Stadium over revenue and stadium capacity, according to ​The Telegraph

London Stadium owners, the London Legacy Development Corperation (LLDC) met with Hammers chiefs on Monday in the wake of the distressing scenes that marred their 3-0 defeat to Burnley on Saturday, although the two sides are locked in a dispute of their own regarding stadium capacity and safety.  

a group of people holding a sign posing for the camera: West Ham United v Burnley - Premier League © Christopher Lee/GettyImages West Ham United v Burnley - Premier League

West Ham want to be granted the full stadium capacity as the club believe it will bring in a significant source of revenue, while also wanting to take full control of stewarding to prevent incidents that occurred during the Burnley defeat from happening again. 

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The board brought Saturday ’ s crowd trouble upon itself by refusing to acknowledge the stadium and team are substandard, says season-ticket West Ham United fans gather in front the directors box in order to vent their frustrations against the West Ham United owners during the Premier League

Their move didn't start too well, as the LLDC denied the club the full 66,000 stadium capacity, initially granting 53,500 seats until a compromise of 57,000 was agreed. 

Saturday's protests against co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan is just the latest in a string of incidents in the stadium since the move, and now both parties are set for a High Court date in November.

The two sides are expected to meet this Thursday to discuss new proposals regarding match day safety at the London Stadium, including sealing off parts of the ground, police presence and extra stewarding paid for by the club themselves. 

West Ham have called the London Stadium their home since August 2016 following their move from the Boleyn Ground, paying an anunual fee of £2.5m per season, although it's safe to say the move has caused more than it fair share of problems since agreeing the 'deal of the century'.  

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