Chaos reigns as West Ham lose 3-0 at home to Burnley

Hart will play against Burnley in his first Premier League game for West Ham since the end of November

West Ham called an emergency meeting with the publicly owned stadium's operators and said it was "committed to taking decisive and appropriate action" against the perpetrators.

Many supporters approached the directors' box to confront co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan, but Ashley Barnes' opening goal after 66 minutes sparked many into a rage as two soon invaded the pitch.

West Ham United could face repercussions after several pitch invasions and ugly scenes in the stands during the second half of a crushing 3-0 home Premier League defeat by Burnley.

Another supporter picked up a corner flag, ran to the centre circle and planted it in the ground. "There will be no further comment at this time".

Zabaleta called on his West Ham teammates to get themselves out of their predicament and said that they can not afford any more mishaps.

West Ham stayed just above the relegation zone with its latest heavy defeat - a week after losing 4-1 at fellow relegation rival Swansea - but its Premier League plight is nothing compared to West Bromwich Albion's.

Weak throughout the spine of the team, West Ham's cause was not helped in the 27th minute when Winston Reid was stretchered from the pitch with a knee injury that has since ruled him out of the rest of this season.

"We would like to commend referee Lee Mason and his team of officials for their actions which, combined with the cooperation of players and coaching staff from both clubs, enabled the match to be completed".

But understandably, the Hammers chief was quizzed about events other than the football, particularly those incidents that saw disgruntled fans make their feelings clear with a series of pitch invasions.

In addition to four separate pitch intrusions by supporters, police said they received two allegations of assault on an afternoon when frustrations about West Ham's plight boiled over.

"We had played well enough to be in front but the first goal quickly altered things". We are one of about seven or eight teams, or perhaps even more, with only three to six points between them, which shows how hard the Premier League is.

"You could argue that we had coped with just about everything up until the time".

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