Family and friends of West Ham United players, celebrating their victory in the semifinal of the Europa Conference League on Thursday in the Netherlands, were attacked by Alkmaar assistants at the final whistle.
AZ fans broke through the fence and attacked the West Ham team who were sitting in the security area at the AZ Stadium. A brawl broke out when West Ham players, including the captain Declan Ricetried to intervene.
Police and management rushed to the spot to prevent further clashes and calm was restored after 10 minutes.
“We’ll have to wait for the dust to settle to see what it is but the biggest problem is where the players are with all their families, friends and relatives,” West Ham boss David Moyes told BT Sport.
“This is where the problem came and many players got angry because they couldn’t see if they were okay. But look, I don’t know, let’s wait and ask the officials what really happened. .”
It was the same in London last week when AZ supporters, including coach Pascal Jansen’s family, were booed by West Ham fans after celebrating a goal scored by the Dutch team in the first half of the first leg.
West Ham came back to win last Thursday’s game 2-1 and won the final in the second leg of the semifinal by one minute. 3-1 aggregate win.