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  • Updated: June 09, 2023

UEFA Charges Fiorentina, West Ham Over Fans Action In Prague

Fiorentina and West Ham United have both been charged by UEFA, the governing body of European soccer, for the behaviour of their fans during Wednesday's Europa Conference League final in Prague.

The match was marred by incidents involving supporters, leading to interruptions and confrontations.

The referee was compelled to halt the game midway through the first half when West Ham fans threw objects at Fiorentina's Cristiano Biraghi, causing the defender to sustain a head injury and bleed. Both clubs will face charges for the throwing of objects, as such behaviour is strictly prohibited.

In addition to the throwing of objects, Fiorentina will be charged for the lighting of fireworks within the stadium, while West Ham will face charges for the invasion of the field by their supporters. Such actions not only endanger the safety of players and officials but also tarnish the spirit of the game.

Beyond the incidents on the pitch, Czech police reported that they apprehended 16 Fiorentina supporters for attacking West Ham fans in a local bar and assaulting a police officer prior to the match. Such acts of violence are completely unacceptable and warrant appropriate legal action.

Despite the off-field disruptions, the match concluded with a 2-1 victory for West Ham United after Jarrod Bowen scored the winning goal in the 90th minute. However, the aftermath of the final has shifted the focus to the inappropriate conduct of fans and the consequences that await both clubs.

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