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What steps should the stadium take to stamp out this behavior?


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This week's EFL match between West Ham United FC and Chelsea FC was marred by ugly scenes as supporters clashed inside the London Stadium. Planned segregation of supporters using blocks of empty seats ultimately proved ineffective as a small minority of fans began hurling missiles before security forces stepped in to quell the unrest.

What steps should the stadium take to stamp out this behavior?

greater number of seats should be left empty to create larger buffer zones between opposing fans
The number of security personnel should be increased
More effort on identification and lifetime bans for those involved
Stadium design and operation need reexamining - open concourses and soft stewarding are fine for an athletics venue/event, but create serious problems at a football stadium
There is nothing that can be done. Fan violence remains an unavoidable part of the sport
There is nothing that can be done. Fan violence remains an unavoidable part of the sport

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