By Jack Cunningham

2nd Dec, 2021 | 6:40pm

Trouble breaks out during West Ham v Brighton; several arrests made

Several people have been arrested in the wake of West Ham against Brighton after trouble broke out.

Claret & Hugh claim that missiles and a smoke bomb were thrown onto the pitch after the Seagulls scored, while there was homophobic chanting from the home end directed towards the away end.

This was particularly disappointing due to the presence of the Rainbow Laces campaign at the London Stadium on Wednesday.

It is unclear why the fans were arrested, but it seems as if the Irons still have trouble with some of their supporters.

Disappointing end to an entertaining evening.

The match itself was rather entertaining as the Hammers attempted to combat the away side’s attractive and patient football with direct counter-attacks and set pieces.

It made for a fascinating encounter, and a superb goal from Neal Maupay lit up the contest after the Irons opened the scoring.

However, the fact that homophobic chants were aimed at the Brighton fans is really disappointing, and hopefully, the people involved can be identified and punished.

There has been more trouble in other games involving the Irons, but chanting like this has no place in the modern game, and you would hope that it can be stamped out sooner rather than later.

The Rainbow Laces campaign was specifically designed to raise awareness so that fans like this understand the consequences of their actions when they decide to say such things.

This doesn’t reflect well on the vast majority of fans who respect and appreciate the Rainbow Laces campaign and something has to be done.

In other West Ham news, Tony Cottee has had his say on Jesse Lingard rejoining the Hammers.

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