Noble defends reaction to West Ham pitch invader

A pitch invader is tackled by a steward and Burnley players during the Premier League match against West Ham on Saturday

A pitch invader is tackled by a steward and Burnley players during the Premier League match against West Ham on Saturday

Fan protests turned extraordinarily bad on Saturday at the London Stadium, where West Ham fell 3-0 to Burnley.

"It is essential that everybody who plays or attends a Premier League football match can do so safely", it said.

West Ham have announced a "full and thorough" investigation into Saturday's events and captain Noble, who has played for the club throughout his professional career, told Sky Sports he accepted the volatility around an ongoing battle against relegation for David Moyes' side.

In ugly scenes at the Premier League clash today, co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold were both asked to leave the directors' box for their own safety.

Premier League officials are likely to question how security at the stadium weren't able to stem the flow of furious fans, with so many pitch invasions in one match a rarity in modern, top-tier football.

After Chris Wood put Burnley 2-0 up, another fan picked up the corner flag, marched to the center circle and planted it in the ground. By that stage the action on the pitch had become nearly incidental with fans directing their anger at the club's chiefs.

"There is no place at any level of the game for what happened at the London stadium".

"Since I've been here (the fans) have been really good".

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Referee Lee Mason even consulted Hammers boss David Moyes and Burnley manager Sean Dyche over abandoning the game as the away team allowed kids in their dugout to escape the fighting.

While the Clarets have had a year to forget so far, they picked up their first win of 2018 last weekend, coming from behind to clinch victory for the first time this season.

"It's changing all the time, there is very little between the teams in 10th and down the bottom so I think any one team can beat the other".

Their success and that of their respective teams could be determined by the form of the players around them.

"I'm more interested in the points we get rather than what Burnley have got". We need to play better for longer periods in the game.

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

"I think it's a tough situation for a player".

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