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West Ham United to increase security ahead of Southampton game

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There will be police standing guard at the London Stadium for West Ham’s game on Saturday and more stewards as the club attempts to prevent the disorder that marred the previous game there.

Details of the additional security measures for Southampton’s visit were released on Thursday and will cost around £60,000, but the fee will be covered by the taxpayer under the deal agreed with West Ham before they moved to the stadium in 2016.

The stewards will be in the stands and at pitch-side following a series of pitch invasions during West Ham’s home defeat by Burnley this month.

Additionally, free flow around the stadium will be reduced in response to events at that game, which included supporters gathering below the directors’ box to protest and, in some cases, throwing missiles.

The Hammers has also announced their intentions to place a security barrier near the directors’ box to stop fans from getting too close, after David Sullivan was struck on his glasses by a coin and he and his co-owner David Gold left their seats early for their own safety.

The security plan reinforcements were agreed by the Safety Advisory Group, which features West Ham, the Metropolitan police, the London Legacy Development Corporation and the stadium operators, LS185.

Almost 20 West Ham fans have been issued with lifetime bans for invading the pitch or throwing missiles during the match against Burnley.

West Ham United captain Mark Noble has also appealed to supporters for unity on Saturday at a game of paramount importance in the battle to stay in the Premier League. West Ham are one place, and three points, above the relegation zone and Southampton are the team immediately below them.

West Ham captain Mark Noble urges unity amongst club fans

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West Ham’s Mark Noble has written an open letter to fans pleading for unity after disturbances at their last home match against Burnley.

Angry fans invaded the pitch and congregated below the directors’ box to protest against the club’s owners David Gold and David Sullivan, with the latter reportedly being struck by a coin.

Noble, 30, confronted a supporter who went on to the pitch during the 3-0 loss at London Stadium on 10 March. “We need everyone to be together,” he wrote in a letter published on the club’s website.

The Hammers captain added that the scenes in the match against Burnley was “one of my toughest days in nearly 20 years at West Ham, and I never want to see scenes like that again”.

Further protests has been planned outside the ground before Saturday’s match, but Noble urged fans to get behind the team during the game or face the prospect of dropping into the Championship.

“We need you all, full-stop, and we cannot perform to our best and win the matches we need to win without you. When you are on song, there really are no supporters better at inspiring their team than West Ham supporters,” he said.

“I can understand the frustrations some of you are feeling. This season has not gone how we’d all hoped it would, but I would ask you to channel your passion to get behind the team, help us get through the season with our Premier League status intact, and we can sit down and reassess things in the summer.”

“We need the London Stadium to be buzzing for our five remaining home games, so please unite behind the lads and give us the best possible chance to deliver the results we need to stay up.”

West Ham are 17th in the Premier League, one place and two points above Southampton and the relegation zone, with eight games remaining.

Their next Premier League home match, against Southampton this Saturday will be the first since that defeat, after 20 fans were given life bans by the club.

West Ham United to sign Patrice Evra on free agent

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West Ham United is set to sign former France captain Patrice Evra until the end of the season.

Evra, 36, has been without a club since his contract with Marseille was terminated by mutual consent in November after kicking one of the club’s home fans before a Europa League match.

The former Manchester United defender was subsequently banned from UEFA fixtures for the rest of the season, but will be allowed to play domestically for West Ham.

He played for current Hammers boss David Moyes when the Scotsman managed Manchester United, before leavingOld Trafford for Juventus in 2014, spending three seasons there before moving to Marseille in January 2017.

He played 379 games for United between 2006 and 2014 and won nine major trophies, including five Premier League titles and the Champions League in 2008.

Evra made nine appearances for Marseille this season, most recently in October, before the incident prior to a European game against Vitoria Guimaraes on 2 November.

West Ham has also insisted they are not making plans to change manager in the summer and will hold talks with Moyes at the end of the season, after reports surfaced claiming that Moyes is unlikely to extend his stay at West Ham past the end of the current campaign regardless of whether or not the club stay in the Premier League.

Moyes had agreed on a contract with the Hammers until the end of the season when he replaced Slaven Bilic in November but despite a significant upturn in results and performances, says that he has no intention of opening talks about a new deal yet.

FC Barcelona confirms Javier Mascherano departure from the club

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FC Barcelona has confirmed that Javier Mascherano will leave the La Liga giants and is expected to join Chinese Super League side Hebei China Fortune.

Mascherano, 33, joined Barcelona from Liverpool in 2010 for £17m after spells at West Ham, Corinthians and River Plate and will leave this week after almost eight years with the club.

The Argentinian featured in 334 games for the Catalan club and won 18 trophies at the Nou Camp, including four La Liga titles and two Champions Leagues albeit scoring just one goal.

However, he was not played as regularly under Ernesto Valverde who took charge of the club in the summer and made only 12 club appearances this season.

The centre-back will be given an official farewell on Wednesday, before playing at Barcelona’s Copa del Rey second-leg tie against Espanyol on Thursday to say goodbye to the fans.

After starting his career at River Plate, Mascherano had joined West Ham from Corinthians in 2006 along with teammate Carlos Tevez.

However, after just seven games for the Hammers, he joined Liverpool in 2007, initially in a loan deal that was turned into a four-year contract in 2008 for £18m.

He was also World Cup finalist, having played in the 2014 final as Argentina were beaten by Germany.