Former Arsenal participant turned pundit Martin Keown has raised security considerations associated to attending video games at West Ham United’s London Stadium.
Talking on talkSPORT, Keown revealed that he assesses stadiums earlier than deciding whether or not to attend matches and expressed unease concerning the environment on the London Stadium.
He acknowledged that whereas most followers are respectful, there are occasional incidents, significantly when alcohol is concerned, that may result in bother.
Keown emphasised that he avoids conditions the place he may not really feel secure and at present refrains from co-commentary resulting from considerations about his security when touring to sure stadiums.
He additionally praised the respectful environment at different soccer grounds, together with Previous Trafford, Stamford Bridge, and the Etihad Stadium, the place he has skilled extra constructive interactions with followers.
“Typically, folks present you a substantial amount of respect however often when drink has been had and the mistaken teams are collectively, you may be in bother.
“I might advise folks to not get into these conditions, I don’t do co-comms in the intervening time as a result of I can’t make certain I’m going to get there safely. I’m not sure that I can get there, if I assess it and assume that’s not a superb place to go, I received’t go.”
“I’ve had the odd incident, however I have to say folks now, significantly at Previous Trafford, most individuals are very respectful.
“Not a lot, perhaps, if I am going to the London Stadium the place folks have tried to insult you. Stamford Bridge, wonderful. Actually respectful. The identical on the Etihad.”
His feedback got here after the surprising incident following the Arsenal vs Manchester United sport the place a fan allegedly headbutted Roy Keane.
Footage was posted on social media of Micah Richards pinning the suspect towards the wall after the alleged assault. He has since then been arrested.
Roy Keane was allegedly headbutted. That’s one thing i didn’t anticipate to see. Additionally shocked Keane was the calm one.
— GarnachoTime (@garnacho_time) September 4, 2023