West Ham charged by UEFA for fan behaviour during ECL final
West Ham charged by UEFA for fan behaviour during Europa Conference League final victory in Prague… after Fiorentina captain Cristiano Biraghi was cut on the head by a thrown object
- West Ham have been charged by UEFA for fan behaviour during the ECL final
- Fiorentina captain Cristiano Biraghi was hit by an object thrown by a fan
- The game had to be stopped as he received treatment for a gash on his head
West Ham have been charged by UEFA following the behaviour of their fans at their midweek Europa Conference League final victory over Fiorentina.
Cristiano Biraghi, the Serie A side’s captain, sustained a cut head after being hit by one of several plastic cups hurled at him from the end containing Hammers supporters as he went to take a first-half corner.
The game had to be stopped as medics attended to a gash to Biraghi’s head while the referee ushered the other Italian players to the halfway line.
West Ham captain Declan Rice apologised to his opponent, and the club issued a statement promising to take action against anyone found to have committed an offence and ban them from attending matches at the London Stadium.
‘West Ham United unreservedly condemn the behaviour of a small number of individuals who threw objects onto the pitch during tonight’s UEFA Europa Conference League final,’ it said.
Fiorentina captain Cristiano Biraghi was treated for blood dripping down his neck after he was apparently hit by a vape pen while taking a corner in front of West Ham supporters
Declan Rice apologised to his opponent, and the club has condemned the incident
‘These actions have no place in football, and do not in any way represent the values of our football club and the overwhelming majority of our supporters, who have behaved impeccably in Prague this week and throughout our last two seasons in European competition.
‘We will work with the police and other stakeholders to review the incidents and act against anyone found guilty of an offence.
‘In line with our zero-tolerance approach, anyone identified will have their details passed to the police and will be given an indefinite ban and therefore be unable to enter London Stadium and travel with the club. There is no place for this kind of behaviour at West Ham United.’
West Ham have also been charged with an invasion of the field of play.
Cristiano Biraghi of Fiorentina claps towards West Ham United fans after having plastic pint glasses thrown at him
A message was displayed at the final after Fiorentina´s Cristiano Biraghi had been struck on the head by a plastic cup (PA)
Fiorentina have landed two charges relating to the lighting of fireworks and throwing of objects.
UEFA’s Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body (CEDB) will decide on the matter in due course.
The body is empowered to ban West Ham from its matches, or order them to play ties in next year’s Europa league in an empty stadium.
But a fine will be considered and is the most likely punishment once the referees report has been examined and evaluated.
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