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Luton fans clash with stewards in violent scenes at London Stadium, with police forced to intervene… after Hatters’ Premier League survival hopes almost destroyed at West Ham


Luton fans clashed with stewards as their side’s Premier League hopes suffered a major blow in defeat to West Ham.

A video shared on social media showed dramatic scenes at the end of the match during the closing stages of the game when some traveling fans got involved in a scuffle with the stewards.

The disruption was reportedly caused by flight attendants attempting to remove at least two fans from the lower level.

Other stewards rushed to the commotion and were immediately supported by the police who were able to defuse the situation and avoid another incident.

Rob Edwards’ side made a lively start to the match at the London Stadium, Albert Sami Lokonga giving them the lead after just six minutes.

The police came to back up the stewards as the riot appeared to be escalating

Luton supporters could be seen clashing with stewards during the West Ham game

Ugly scenes broke out during the closing stages of the club's defeat at the London Stadium

Ugly scenes broke out during the closing stages of the club’s defeat at the London Stadium

But the visitors suffered a major blow later in the first half when talisman Ross Barkley was forced off injured with a calf problem, which could spell the end of his campaign.

After a slow start, West Ham responded strongly after the restart with James Ward-Prowse equalizing before Tomas Soucek put the Hammers ahead.

George Earthy then added a third for the hosts, all but confirmed the Hatters will be playing Championship football again next season.

Luton’s relegation would be official if Nottingham Forest can secure a point against Chelsea in Saturday’s late kick-off.

However, Nuno Espirito Santo’s side ultimately succumbed to a 3-2 defeat, taking their own battle for top-flight survival to the final day.

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Luton are just three points behind Forest. The significant difference in goal difference between the two clubs makes relegation all but inevitable for the club.

Following their defeat, Edwards hailed the club’s fans for their support throughout the campaign.

«We didn’t go down because of today, it was the culmination of the whole season,» he said.

Rob Edwards' side enjoyed a dream start thanks to an early goal from Albert Sami Lokonga

Rob Edwards’ side enjoyed a dream start thanks to an early goal from Albert Sami Lokonga

But a strong second-half display from the visitors saw The Hatters lose 3-1

But a strong second-half display from the visitors saw The Hatters lose 3-1

Luton's relegation from the top flight is now all but confirmed with just one game to play

Luton’s relegation from the top flight is now all but confirmed with just one game to play

“I’m an emotional person and when I went out to our supporters and saw their reaction, it brought me to tears. The love and affection they gave us that goes both ways and is unique in football these days.

«I feel devastated, I didn’t want to let anyone down and I feel responsible. I thanked the players and the staff, they gave me the best 18 months of my life.»



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