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posted by Morning Star in Sport

THE Metropolitan Police will deploy officers inside the London Stadium for West Ham’s Premier League clash with Stoke today.

Security has been a major issue since the Hammers’ move to the ground on the Olympic Park in east London at the start of this season.

There were ugly scenes at last week’s League Cup match between West Ham and London rivals Chelsea despite police officers being inside the stadium for the first time.

The Football Association opened an investigation after six people were arrested and more than 200 fans face banning orders.

Police had previously been hesitant to deploy officers to the ground as the stadium lacks proper coverage for the Airwave radio system, which is used across Britain’s emergency services.

“Although Airwave radio is not yet installed at the venue, a tactical measure will be in place to ensure adequate Airwave coverage for safe deployment of officers within the stadium.”

Stoke have sold out their 2,800 allocation for today’s game and a section of visiting supporters have been moved in a bid to help prevent trouble.

Potters boss Mark Hughes said he was happy with the new arrangements. “I think there is a different policy and they are addressing concerns we have had.

“I think they are doing things a little bit differently — there will be more of a police presence actually in the ground to begin with, and more segregation.

“So I think we’re quite comfortable. We have a really fantastic following away from home, we’re very proud of it and proud of how they behave and conduct themselves.”