BILIC ASSURES THAT WHAT HAPPENED LAST SEASON BETWEEN CHELSEA AND WEST HAM WOULDN’T HAPPEN THIS TIME

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Chelsea will be away to West Ham at the London Stadium on Monday night, and everyone is concerned about the security for that game.

When both sides met at West Ham’s ground last season, missiles — including seats, coins and bottles — were thrown by hooligan fans towards the end of October 26 tie. Seven arrests were made on the night.

However, West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has assured that no such thing will happen this season.

Bilic said: “It is not that I think [there will not be a repeat], it is definitely the truth.

“I have been spending a lot of time thinking about it. I have monthly meetings with Baroness Brady.

“We have talked a lot about that and I know how much effort, through her of course, has been put in to solving those problems. “She or we have done it so I am not expecting (a repeat). Of course there could be individual things that may happen but the club has done a really great job regarding that. They have approached it since that game really seriously.”

The fixture, at the 57,000-seater stadium, has been given the highest security category.

West Ham have drafted a ‘five-point plan’ which they hope will avoid a repeat of the appalling scenes.

Stewards will be given hand-held cameras to film troublemakers. The segregation areas between rival fans will be widened and there will also be higher physical barriers between the home and away sections.

Exit routes after the game will also be blocked off to keep rival factions apart after fights which followed the League Cup tie.

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