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West Ham identify fan involved in Jake Livermore clash

MATT BARLOW AT THE LONDON STADIUM: West Ham have opened an investigation after it was alleged Jake Livermore was taunted by home fans over the death of his son at the London Stadium.


West Ham have identified the supporter confronted by West Brom midfielder Jake Livermore, who was taunted over the death of his baby son at the London Stadium.

Livermore became embroiled in an angry exchange after being substituted in the second half and stepped into the stands in confrontation before he was led away to the dressing room by a member of the West Brom staff.

Albion manager Alan Pardew claimed the England midfielder had been provoked and coach John Carver remonstrated with the stewards charged with protecting the players on the bench before order was restored.

West Brom player Jake Livermore clashed with West Ham supporters at the London Stadium

The midfielder was replaced by Hal Robson-Kanu during the second half on Tuesday night

West Brom confirmed in a statement on Wednesday that the player had been subjected to abuse from a fan who had commented on the death of his newborn son. 

The statement read: 'Following his substitution in the second half, Jake was subjected to general abuse from home supporters which he shrugged off. However, he acknowledges that he moved to confront one spectator who chose to make a comment about the death of his infant son.

'The Club would like to think that all right-minded football supporters could understand this reaction which did not result in any physical exchanges before Jake was led away to our dressing room.

'Jake is an outstanding young individual who has the total support of everyone at the Club and he has made it clear he considers this statement to be an end to an unhappy incident.

The England international became embroiled in an angry exchange after being substituted

'Albion were very appreciative of the swift response by the officials of West Ham in dealing with this matter and are more than happy to leave any further action they deem appropriate in their hands.'

A West Ham United spokesperson added: 'West Ham United can confirm that the individual involved in an altercation with Jake Livermore during last night’s match against West Bromwich Albion was immediately identified and removed from London Stadium.

'After the game concluded, West Ham United officials liaised with West Bromwich Albion, Jake Livermore himself and the Metropolitan Police to commence a full investigation into the incident.

'The player has today confirmed he does not wish to make this a police matter, however, given the nature of the allegations, the Club will continue to investigate before taking the appropriate action.' 

Livermore and his partner Danielle Del-Giudice lost their newborn son, Jake Junior, just days after the FA Cup final in 2014.

Livermore was led down the tunnel by a member of the West Brom staff after the clashes

Twelve months on the midfielder tested positive for cocaine, but was not banned by the Football Association, who took into account the unique details behind his situation. 

'The only thing I know is I've see Jake in the crowd, which disturbed me,' said Pardew. 'Obviously you don't want to see a player in the crowd.

'There's no way he's going in the crowd, because I know him, he's a great lad, unless he was provoked severely.

'That's all I know. I haven't had a chance to talk to Jake. I'll speak to Jake and we'll go from there.' 

Livermore had been a late inclusion into the Albion team, promoted from the substitutes when Matt Phillips hurt a hamstring in the warm-up. 

He was replaced by Hal Robson-Kanu after 65 minutes and the incident occurred when he took his seat on the bench.

West Ham manager David Moyes said he had not seen what happened and did not wish to comment. 

The club acted quickly to eject the fan, who was spoken to by stadium staff on Tuesday evening.

FULL WEST BROM STATEMENT

In the light of intense media speculation, West Bromwich Albion would like to clarify an incident involving our player Jake Livermore in last night's Premier League game at West Ham.

Following his substitution in the second half, Jake was subjected to general abuse from home supporters which he shrugged off. However, he acknowledges that he moved to confront one spectator who chose to make a comment about the death of his infant son.

The Club would like to think that all right-minded football supporters could understand this reaction which did not result in any physical exchanges before Jake was led away to our dressing room.

Jake is an outstanding young individual who has the total support of everyone at the Club and he has made it clear he considers this statement to be an end to an unhappy incident.

Albion were very appreciative of the swift response by the officials of West Ham in dealing with this matter and are more than happy to leave any further action they deem appropriate in their hands.

The Club has responded to an FA request to offer our observations of the incident and will not be making any further comment.

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