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West Ham fans attacked ahead of Europa Conference League final

West Ham fans attacked ahead of Conference League final

West Ham United fans were attacked by their Italian counterparts in the Czech Republic ahead of their Europa Conference League final against Fiorentina.

According to the Mirror, the Hammers supporters were assaulted by a group of Italians who used fireworks and chairs as weapons in horrific pre-match scenes.

The police have confirmed that 30 men were arrested after the attack, but the disgraceful incident is not expected to stop the final from taking place.

The attack in Prague is the second time the West Ham fans have been assaulted by opposition hooligans during their historic run to the final.

A similar occurrence happened after last month’s 1-0 semi-final second-leg victory over AZ Alkmaar in the Netherlands, as the home supporters ambushed the visiting fans at the final whistle.

The families and friends of the West Ham players were also attacked that night, with rival fans breaking through a fence to assault the area where they were seated.

The players tried to defend their families and friends from the chaos before police and stewards restored order ten minutes later.

West Ham will be looking to win their first major trophy in over four decades when they trade tackles with Fiorentina at the Eden Arena.

The Hammers booked their place in the final after securing an aggregate 3-1 victory over AZ in the previous round. They will face the Serie A side, who laboured to a 4-3 aggregate success over Basel to reach Prague.

West Ham boss David Moyes will be hoping his side can see out their impressive European campaign, with the Hammers yet to suffer defeat at any stage in the tournament.

Success in Prague will also help cloud an awful domestic campaign from West Ham this season after finishing in the bottom half of the Premier League table for the first time since 2020.

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