West Ham to name and shame missile-throwing individuals

  • by Staff Writer
  • Thursday, 8th June 2023

West Ham United have condemned the actions of the individuals who threw objects at Fiorentina captain Cristiano Biraghi causing him to leave the field in order to have a head wound addressed.

The 30-yar-old defender was struck as he prepared to take a corner by one of several missiles that were hurled in his direction by individuals situated in the stand behind the goal being defender by West Ham.

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And the club say they will not hesitate to inform the Police of the individuals involved if it is possible for them to be identified.

"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," the club said in a statement.

"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.

"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."

Meanwhile UEFA have indicated that they will wait for full reports of the incident to be presented before they take any action, which is likely to include a heavy fine for the club and the possibility of West Ham being forced to play some of next season's Europa League fixtures behind closed doors or travelling fans being banned from attending away fixtures.

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