Dutch police are investigating after household and mates of West Ham gamers have been attacked by spectators at their sport towards AZ Alkmaar.
A brawl ensued after house followers broke by way of a fence and attacked guests sitting in a reserved part following the Europa Conference League semi-final on Thursday night time.
In an announcement on Friday morning, Netherlands Police mentioned no arrests have but been made however they’re reviewing footage from the stadium and attempting to determine the culprits.
“Arrests may follow this,” the power warned.
“Together with AZ, the municipality of Alkmaar and the public prosecution service we will evaluate last night’s incidents, which we regret having happened. This kind of behaviour has no place in football,” the assertion added.
UEFA, European soccer’s governing physique, can also be anticipated to launch its personal probe after the incident was captured broadly on video.
It unfolded after the ultimate whistle on the AFAS Stadion, which noticed West Ham attain their first main European last since 1976 after a 1-0 second-leg win (3-1 on mixture).
AZ Alkmaar supporters wearing black with their faces coated managed to get into the world the place West Ham’s family and friends have been seated.
After the violence broke out, a number of West Ham gamers, together with captain and England worldwide Declan Rice, tried to intervene.
West Ham’s Michail Antonio, Said Benrahma, Aaron Cresswell and Flynn Downes have been additionally seen climbing over promoting boards in a bid to guard their family members.
Stewards and police arrived as spectators appeared on and calm was restored 10 minutes later.
‘Was I fearful? Yeah, my household have been there’
West Ham supervisor David Moyes, whose 85-year-old father was within the focused part of the stadium, mentioned afterwards: “I can only say the players were involved because it was the family section and most of their family and friends were in there.
“That was most likely the rationale for the response.
“Was I worried? Yeah, my family were there and I had friends in that section. You’re hoping they would try and get themselves away from it.
“I did not recognise it as a result of I’d gone onto the pitch. Security needed to take me inside, however I had to ensure my gamers weren’t concerned.”
Sky Sports reporter Gary Cotterill sat close to where the “chaos” unfolded.
He said it took “a while” for officials to intervene.
“Police moved in, in riot gear as effectively, and by then it actually was chaos. You can perceive the anxiousness and the priority of the West Ham gamers,” he added.
After their semi-final win, West Ham will face Italian aspect Fiorentina within the UEFA Europa Conference League last in Prague on 7 June.