Ahead of a derby match between the two London teams, Chelsea have implored West Ham to keep their fans safe when the two sides meet in the EFL Cup today.
West Ham host Chelsea at the London Stadium, and about 5200 Chelsea fans are expected to be at the stadium. Since West Ham’s relocation from Upton Park last summer, there have been a number of violence in the new West Ham ground, both in and outside the stadium.
Chelsea said in a statement: “We understand this is the first time a game of this magnitude has taken place there and we are looking at West Ham United and the local authorities to deliver a safe event.
“In light of recent incidents at the stadium there will be much attention on the fixture and especially on the conduct of supporters from both clubs.
“We appreciate there is a long-established rivalry between these two London clubs but we ask all supporters to remain respectful and refrain from any form of offensive or discriminatory behaviour.”
West Ham have been taking measures to ensure a safe game today, and we hope Chelsea fans will leave that ground unscathed.