David Sullivan has told ZapSportz that his eyes were only narrowly missed when West Ham supporters threw coins at him recently.
Hammers legend Trevor Brooking confirmed that Sullivan had been hit by a coin, but ZapSportz can now reveal it was the rim of his glasses that deflected the missile – and the joint chairman thought he was going to be hit in the eye.
Sullivan told us about the personal attack, as home fans demonstrated against him at the recent Burnley match: “Yes it did hit the frame of my glasses, that took the brunt. Better than my eye!”
Brooking made an impassioned plea to the Hammers fans, on BBC Radio 5 live’s Sportsweek.
“Just don’t come to the games at the moment until you try to allow the players to get the points to stay up. That atmosphere must never come back.”
Brooking said the first goal “triggered problems” and “there was a quite sizeable group then below the directors’ box that came to chant in a really aggressive manner”.
He added: “Before the final whistle, two of the directors went upstairs. They were asked by the security people to do so.
“I think a coin did hit David Sullivan on his glasses. I didn’t see it but I did have that confirmed, which was part of the reason why they thought people in the directors’ box should go inside to save any more problems like that.”
At least two fans went on to the pitch at London Stadium after Burnley took the lead – with one approaching West Ham captain Mark Noble.
Another fan ran on with a corner flag shortly after Burnley scored their second goal, with further incursions after the visitors struck a late third.
Noble described the atmosphere at London Stadium as “horrible”, while BBC Sport commentator John Motson said it had been “the most scary moment” he had experienced at a football ground.