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There is a rise in football hooliganism and West Ham must bring in paramilitary police, former criminologist tells talkSPORT

12 Sep

A former criminologist called into talkSPORT on Monday and warned West Ham must take serious action to prevent further trouble at their new home.

The Premier League club’s move to the London Stadium has proved to be problematic, with crowd disturbances reported at their last three matches.

And, according to listener Stu – an expert in crime prevention who used to lecture on football hooliganism – the violence will continue if the club and their landlords don’t introduce a strong police presence at the ground.

“We’ve got huge problems here and it is not just about the London Stadium,” he said, speaking to Jim White on talkSPORT.

“There is a rise in football hooliganism which is under the radar at the moment. In a way, what happened with West Ham and Watford was good because it highlighted the fact that we have got a rise again between the ultras.

“When the London Stadium was given to West Ham, I thought, as a former criminologist, that this is a recipe for disaster because there is a lack of security. We have seen that across the Premier League.

“We have to look at the fixture lists and if you have the likes of Chelsea, Spurs and possibly Millwall, there is no love lost between those clubs. There has to be a kind of paramilitary policing presence there because of the perimeters and the concourse.

“You have got old faces turning up all of a sudden and they will do even more for the Chelsea, Spurs and Arsenal games, so it is a recipe for disaster.”

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