Mark Noble on fan violence, protests, tackling intruder

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West Ham's James Collins was confronted by protesting pitch invaders in the defeat to Burnley.

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

As part of an ugly morning which featured a fan planted a corner flag at midfield and a section of the crowd nearly universally turning away from the pitch, West Ham veteran Mark Noble tackled a pitch intruder.

West Ham's owners David Sullivan and David Gold were forced to leave the directors' box near the end as anger boiled over and supporters chanted'sack the board'.

West Ham United have revealed their starting line-up and substitutes to play host to Burnley at the London Stadium this afternoon in a Premier League contest.

If that was not bad enough Chris Wood doubled Burnley's lead minutes later and this time there were scuffles in the stands and one fan ran on and took the corner flag, attempting to plant it on the centre spot. "There will be no further comment at this time".

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"Everyone knows you don't come on the pitch - that's the rules".

West Ham's poor form continued at full pace as the Swans gave the Hammers a hammering in a match of few positives for David Moyes. "You know, the players had gone a goal down, we want them to keep their focus". "I'm confident we have the players here". By that stage the action on the pitch had become nearly incidental with fans directing their anger at the club's chiefs.

The club last night said they had launched an investigation into the events in the second half, in which four supporters broke on to the pitch and hundreds stampeded into the area in front of the directors' box.

"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". However, both players are too inconsistent and will find life tough against one of the hardest working teams in the league.

"I've told them (the players) that we're all sticking together, that we're going to stick our chests out, get back to winning ways and do it together. We were fine, they were just voicing their frustration".

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