Dutch police open probe into AZ Alkmaar fan attacks on West Ham players’ families

May 19 – Dutch police have opened an investigation after families and friends of West Ham players were attacked at the Conference League semi-final against AZ Alkmaar. 

West Ham advanced to the final of Europe’s third-tier cup competition after securing a 3-1 aggregate win in Holland, with Pablo Fornals’ late goal sealing their victory.

However, the aftermath of the match was marred by alarming scenes, as fans of AZ Alkmaar clashed with West Ham players, fans and stewards.  Furious West Ham players were also seen jumping into the fray to try and defend their families as Michail Antonio and Flynn Downes leaped over the advertising hoardings. Lucas Paqueta was also seen among those involved in the scuffles.

In a statement on Friday, Dutch police said no arrests have yet been made but they are reviewing footage from the stadium and trying to identify the culprits.

“Arrests may follow this,” said the police in a statement.  “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.”

UEFA’s disciplinary body may also review the footage and reports from the AFAS Stadium and decide on what further action could be taken.

In the final of the Conference League on June 7 in Prague,  West Ham will face Italian side Fiorentina, who eliminated Basel 4-3 on aggregate.

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