West Ham fans turn on their own as they attack bearded pitch invader ‘Jesus’

Angry West Ham fans turned on their own yesterday as footage showed them berating a bearded pitch invader dubbed ‘Jesus’ during the ugly scenes that marred the Hammers’ defeat to Burnley.

Fury boiled over at the London Stadium as supporters ran onto the pitch and others confronted owners David Sullivan and David Gold.

Ashley Barnes and a Chris Wood double fired the Clarets to a 3-0 win – leaving the Hammers just three points above the relegation zone.

On the pitch, Hammers captain Mark Noble rugby-tackled one fan who had made his way on to the field of play while another supporter grabbed one of the corner flags and attempted to plant it in the centre circle.

Others remained in their seats singing, "We’re not West Ham any more", “Sack the board” and “Where’s the money gone?" while the referee spoke to both managers about the ongoing situation, but allowed the game to continue.

In the clip posted by Jack Aldred on Twitter, the long haired fan is seen running onto the pitch, with James Collins attempting to drag him off, while another is remonstrating with full-back Pablo Zabaleta.

A visibly angry Collins gives the pair a shove before they leap back over the advertising hoardings.

As they run up the stairs in the stands one escapes but the long haired supporter is tripped by a fellow Hammers fans while others shout abuse at him.

‘Jesus’ holds his arms out as if to question the abuse before he reaches the top of the stairs and is jumped by a group who aim punches at him.

A steward appears to be stepping in as the clip ends and it is unknown what happened to him afterwards.

West Ham have launched a "full and thorough investigation" into the crowd trouble at Saturday’s game and an emergency meeting of London Stadium stakeholders has been called.

Tensions reached boiling point at the London Stadium as some fans invaded the pitch while others vented their anger at the board.

The Hammers have vowed to take "decisive and appropriate action".

A club statement read: "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.

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

The FA later said it "strongly condemns the crowd disturbances seen today at West Ham United versus Burnley and will be seeking observations from West Ham as well as awaiting the match referee’s report.”

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