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After Eden Hazard scored the first goal against West Ham, an angry West Ham fan rushed onto the pitch as the Chelsea players were celebrating before being restricted by stewards.

Ian Paul Crouch, 51, has been identified as the fan who entered the pitch and was bailed to appear at court in two weeks’ time.

The Hammers fan will appear in court on March 21.

If the magistrates find him guilty of the criminal offence, the Hammers will take the strongest possible action and ban him from the ground as they look to stamp out any further trouble taking place inside the Stadium.

The Metropolitan Police took immediate action against the West Ham supporter and said in a statement: “Three people were arrested in connection with last night’s match between West Ham and Chelsea in Stratford.

“A 51-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of pitch encroachment. Ian Paul Crouch, was subsequently charged with going on to an area adjacent to the playing area under sections 4 and 5 of the Football Offences Act 1991. He has been bailed to appear at Thames Magistrates’ Court on 21 March.

“[In addition] A 51-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of common assault. An 18-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of attempting to enter a stadium whilst in possession of a flare.

“Both remain in police custody at this time at east London police stations, and enquiries continue.”

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