After a riot broke out at West Ham’s London stadium during a European Conference League match, Anderlecht fans were found guilty of racism and assaulted paramedics before entering the pitch.
- Three football fans have been found guilty of unruly behavior during a game
- One of the men was convicted of aggravating racial or religious harassment
- Another spends eight weeks in jail for assault and crime victimization
- A third man storms onto the pitch and steals the ball from the West Ham goalkeeper
- Violence erupts in West Ham vs Anderlecht Europa clash
Three football fans have been convicted of unruly behavior during a match in London The stadium this week, where four police officers were injured.
One of the men was found guilty of aggravating racial or religious harassment, and another spent eight weeks in prison for assault and criminal damage.
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Flares blazed into the crowd of away fans while seats were ripped from the arena and used as missiles during the match.
Joey Degroof, 36, of no fixed address, was found guilty of assaulting a paramedic today in Croydon Magistrate’s Court.
Three football fans have been convicted and four police officers injured for unruly behavior during a match at London Stadium this week
He was sentenced to eight weeks in prison. He was also convicted of criminal damages.
Frederick Jules Desnet, 40, also of no fixed address, was convicted by the Thames Magistrates Court of racial or religious harassment intended to cause alarm or distress.
He was fined £200 and banned from playing football for three years.
Dean-Pierre D’Acuano, 28, was found guilty of rushing the pitch by the Thames Magistrates Court. He was fined his £120 and received a three-year football suspension.
During the violent scene, a line of police stood side by side in a line between the fighting fans of each club fighting in the stands.
A number of flares lit up and one of them fell onto the pitch of the London stadium.
Riot police were forced to intervene after fans started fighting and throwing missiles
The game was suspended as one of the flares wrapped around the pitch and D’Acuano invaded the pitch and stole the ball from West Ham keeper Alphonse Areola.
A total of four police officers were injured. A riot policeman was hit in the head with a chair and another officer suffered an injury to his arm.
Two police officers had to be treated in hospital after the assault.
A spokesman for the London Metropolitan Police said: “Bating of emergency workers is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.”
Officials of the Belgian football club have come out to publicly condemn the small accidental behavior of their fans.
“We will not tolerate this behavior in the stadium or away and will take it up with the fans and UEFA. We apologize to West Ham,” the spokesperson said.
Anderlecht officials apologized following controversy and made clear they would not tolerate their actions
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