West Ham fans have been warned by police not to call 999 over their team’s poor performance.

Essex Police made the plea on Twitter on Sunday evening after The Hammers lost 2-0 at Watford in new manager David Moyes’ first match in charge.

“Ringing 999 because @WestHamUtd have lost again and you aren’t sure what to do is not acceptable! It is a complete waste of our time. #999foremergenciesonly,” the force said.

Will Hughes and Richarlison struck for the home side to consign the club to its seventh Premier League defeat of the season, leaving them floundering in the relegation zone with no win in five games.

Travelling fans voiced their discontent throughout the 90 minutes at Vicarage Road, with protests against the board and banners calling for co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan to step down.

When the police tweet was questioned by other disbelieving supporters, the force confirmed that – “sadly” – it was a genuine call.

An Essex police spokesman said: “The force control room sometimes put things like this out just to let people know the sort of calls that they do sometimes get.

“It’s a bit of a nudge and guidance to other people that you should only be calling 999 if it’s a genuine emergency, or 101 if it’s a police matter.”

:: West Ham host Leicester in Moyes’ first home game at the Olympic Stadium in front of the Sky cameras this Friday, live on Sky Sports Premier League from 7pm.