Incredible moment Burnley players give up their seats on the bench to children amid shocking scenes at West Ham

Matt Lewis
<a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/football/burnley/" data-ylk="slk:Burnley">Burnley</a> players gave up their seats on the bench to help young fans stay safe (Johnny Phillips/Twitter)
Burnley players gave up their seats on the bench to help young fans stay safe (Johnny Phillips/Twitter)

This is the incredible moment Burnley players protected young children from violence breaking out at the London Stadium.

West Ham United after facing heavy punishment following the ugly scenes that marred the second half of their 3-0 home defeat to the Clarets on Saturday.

There were scuffles in the stands and hordes of Hammers supporters gathered in front of the directors’ box to vent their fury at owners David Gold and David Sullivan.

Both men were advised to leave their seats by security amid concerns for their safety.

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Pitch invaders also made it onto the field, one being thrown to the floor by West Ham captain Mark Noble, while another took possession of a corner flag.

Supporters’ anger spilled over onto the pitch as Saturday’s defeat to Burnley was interrupted several times
Supporters’ anger spilled over onto the pitch as Saturday’s defeat to Burnley was interrupted several times
A Pitch invader is seized by security staff during the English Premier League soccer match between Burnley and West Ham at the Olympic London Stadium in London, Saturday, March 10, 2018. (Daniel Hambury/PA via AP)
A Pitch invader is seized by security staff during the English Premier League soccer match between Burnley and West Ham at the Olympic London Stadium in London, Saturday, March 10, 2018. (Daniel Hambury/PA via AP)
Police secure the area after a pitch invader ran onto the pitch during the English Premier League soccer match between Burnley and West Ham at the Olympic London Stadium in London, Saturday, March 10, 2018. (Daniel Hambury/PA via AP)
Police secure the area after a pitch invader ran onto the pitch during the English Premier League soccer match between Burnley and West Ham at the Olympic London Stadium in London, Saturday, March 10, 2018. (Daniel Hambury/PA via AP)
(Screenshot: NBC Sports Live Extra)
(Screenshot: NBC Sports Live Extra)

But as chaos reigned inside the stadium, Burnley substitutes, including Phil Bardsley and Sam Voakes, gave up their seats on the bench to help keep the youngsters safe.

Bardsley’s wife wrote on Instagram: “The hubby putting kids on the bench with him to escape the fighting at West Ham has melted my heart.”

West Ham later issued a statement saying an investigation would be launched immediately into the events.

“West Ham United have immediately launched a full and thorough investigation into the incidents which marred the second half of today’s match and are committed to taking decisive and appropriate action,” it said.

“An emergency meeting has been called with all London Stadium stakeholders. There will be no further comment at this time.”


The Premier League also raised its concerns about the incidents, releasing their own take on the scenes.

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

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“There is no place at any level of the game for what happened at the London Stadium today.

“While the official investigation of the incidents will be carried out by the Football Association, we will be asking our own questions of West Ham United about what happened this afternoon, especially to ensure similar events never reoccur.”