David Moyes furious as pitch invader halts West Ham attack v Lyon
” There are some idiots out there, aren’t they? “
These were the words of Ian Darke, BT Sport commentator after witnessing a pitch invasion to stop a West Ham United attack on Lyon. The incident happened in the Europa League quarter-finals first leg. It ended in East London at 1-1.
West Ham had been playing with 10 men since Aaron Cresswell was sent off just before half-time. The Hammers, despite their numerical disadvantage, were determined to make the most out of their home advantage. A sold-out London Stadium roared their way forward.
Not all the fans were equal. One “idiot” ran wild and ran onto the pitch in less than five minutes. Felix Zwayer, the German referee, had to stop the match as West Ham were applying pressure on the opposition.
BT Sport live coverage of the match was cut to West Ham manager David Moyes who looked furious at the fan’s inconsiderate interruption.
Three members of security personnel took away the pitch invader, with photos showing that he was wearing West Ham clothing.
This individual was not like other pitch invaders that the Premier League witnessed in previous weeks ,.
He would not be the first pitch invader to step onto the London Stadium turf without having fully thought things through.
In 2018, a Hammers fan, later identified by the Daily Mail as 61-year-old Paul Colborne, brought West Ham’s game against Burnley to a halt when he marched towards the center of the pitch where he held a corner flag aloft.
West Ham was losing 3-0 when Colborne decided “to do something”.
He told the Daily Mail: “I have been going to see West Ham home and away for 49 years and have seen more than 2,000 games. I didn’t plan anything, but I felt the need to do something. You must stand up for what your beliefs are. People have been killed and put up against walls for what they believe. “
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