West Ham 2-1 Anderlecht: Four police injured and 13 arrested after crowd unrest | Soccer News

Four police officers were injured and two required hospitalization after Anderlecht supporters ripped out seats and threw flares at the end of Thursday’s Europa Conference League game against West Ham at the London Stadium.

Trouble broke out towards the end of the game in east London, which West Ham won 2-1 thanks to goals from Jarrod Bowen and Said Benrahma.

One of the officers has a suspected broken wrist while another needed stitches for a head injury. Two other officers were struck in the head during the disorder.

Chairs and flares were launched from inside the far section and officers had to respond using protective gear to restore calm.

A man has been arrested for the alleged assault on the officer who allegedly suffered a broken wrist.

Twelve people were arrested for other offenses unrelated to the assaults on the officers.

West Ham boss David Moyes said after the game: “The players’ job is to keep going, and I thought they had.

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David Moyes praises Anderlecht for condemning crowd problems at London Stadium during West Ham’s Europa League game.

“The more we look at it, we don’t want problems. We’re in a different society and a different world now and that’s not what any football club wants to have connected to them, and I certainly don’t want that at West Ham.”

Anderlecht have strongly condemned the behavior of their supporters and will work with UEFA to ensure action is taken.

A club spokesperson said: “The club will continue with the supporters because we do not tolerate this kind of behaviour, neither in our stadium nor outside. We will speak to the supporters and certainly to UEFA and we strongly condemn this. . We want to apologize to West Ham for this behaviour.”

Moyes added: “It’s good for the press officer to defend the club. It’s a big credit for them because they are a very good football club. They want to protect their own club and rightly so.

“Everyone’s attention is diverted when there are crowd issues in one way or another. It didn’t interest me because it’s one of those things you don’t want to talk about. I don’t want to draw attention to it anymore.”

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