The West Ham fans who invaded the pitch after Wednesday night’s win over Manchester City face a three-year ban from all football.

Claret & Hugh report that five Hammers fans were reported for invading the pitch and also committing other more serious crimes.

If found guilty of invading the pitch, then the quintet will face a lengthy ban plus any other criminal charges that they may face.

There was also one City fan reported for causing problems during the match as well.

The celebrations got a bit out of hand.

Now, invading the pitch after beating City on penalties isn’t the worst thing in the world, really.

These fans were clearly delighted to get through, and a three-year ban for a few seconds on the pitch does seem a bit harsh.

However, the other offences of assaulting a steward and GBH are a lot more serious, and if these Irons fans are found guilty of these incidents, then they should probably be handed a lifetime ban from football.

The truth is, the sport doesn’t need people like this involved in it, and if they did commit these offences, then the book should be thrown at them.

To invade the pitch for a few moments is one thing, but to assault a steward and commit GBH is something totally different, and it has to be punished in the right way.

The majority of Irons fans were very well behaved and celebrated correctly without resorting to violence, and it is just a shame that a minority spoiled it for the majority.

In other West Ham news, we believe that the Hammers will make a move for a teenage sensation after a new development this week.

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