After winning, AZ Alkmaar supporters assaulted the family of a West Ham player

vincity May 19, 2023
Updated 2023/05/19 at 9:32 PM

Supporters of AZ Alkmaar joined West Ham United players’ families and friends on Thursday as they celebrated their victory in the Netherlands’ Europa Conference League semifinal.

West Ham will play in its first European final in 47 years thanks to a 1-0 victory that was secured by a goal from Pablo Fornals in stoppage time.

However, unpleasant incidents occurred during the second leg of the semi-final when a group of hooded, black-shirted AZ supporters attempted to rush the section designated for friends and relatives of the West Ham players and staff.

Stars from West Ham, including Michail Antonio, Said Benrahma, Aaron Cresswell, and Flynn Downes, clambered over the billboards to try to calm things down.

According to Vanguard, Manager David Moyes, whose 87-year-old father was at the match, said: “I can’t explain what happened and why it happened.

“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 probably the reason for the reaction.

“Was I worried? Yeah, my family was there, and I had friends in that section. You’re hoping they would try to get themselves away from it.

“I didn’t recognize it because I’d gone onto the pitch. Security wanted to take me inside, but I had to make sure my players weren’t involved.

“What we don’t want to do is in any way blight the night because it certainly wasn’t West Ham supporters looking for trouble. “Hopefully, they’ll look into it.”

‘Very unfortunate’ –

Social media was flooded with videos, and there were also photographs posted of fights involving opposing supporters earlier in the day on the streets of Alkmaar.

Families of AZ players got into a fight with East London club supporters during last week’s first leg in the London Stadium, which West Ham won 2-1.

According to Hammers goalkeeper Alphonse Areola “When families or friends are coming to the stadium we don’t want to see things like that,”.

“They want to enjoy the event, and we want to enjoy it with them as well. We were worried about them.”

The disturbance is anticipated to be investigated by UEFA, the organization that governs European football, despite Dutch police reporting that no arrests have been made yet.

“So far, no arrests have been made. Our aim was to disperse the crowd and restore order as quickly as possible, in which we succeeded. The police will investigate footage of the incidents and try to identify supporters. Arrests may follow from this,” the local police statement said.

“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 behavior has no place in football.”

Before taking any action, UEFA will wait for the pertinent findings, although AZ may face severe penalties.

“What happened last week was very unfortunate, and then you get the same feeling as what happened tonight. AZ boss Pascal Jansen said.

“I feel a little bit ashamed it happened in our stadium, but you have to control your emotions.”

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