West Ham United will look into reports that home fans assaulted German broadcasters during the first leg of their Europa League semi-final against Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday.
Ansgar Knauff scored in the first minute to put the Hammers behind, but Michail Antonio equalized midway through the first half, and Daichi Kamada’s tap-in after the break gave the Bundesliga side a vital away win.
However, after Antonio’s equalizer, rumors emerged that home fans had attacked Tim Brockmeier and Philipp Hofmeister, commentators from German radio station ARD, and West Ham are investigating the incident, which could result in a UEFA sanction.
West Ham released a statement saying, “The club is aware of the incident and will be seeking to identify the offender.” “Anyone recognized will have their information forwarded to the authorities in accordance with our zero-tolerance policy.” They will be barred from entering London Stadium and traveling with the club for an undetermined period of time. This type of behavior has no place in our society.”
Following Knauff’s opening, Bundesliga analyst Derek Rae tweeted on Twitter that Brockmeier had been struck on the neck,’ and the criticism escalated from there.
“Both commentators were asked about their experiences on broadcast again. They were taken aback by the proximity to the fans. They were in the press area’s last row, with supporters behind them. They thought the crowd were caught aback by their emotional outbursts in response to Knauff’s goal. Then, as the equaliser kicked in, he got many strikes and his headphones came loose,” Rae explained.
“We’re being attacked here,” Hofmeister declared on the broadcast during the contest. They hurled the headset at Tim, one of my coworkers. I need to straighten myself out a little. We’ll see what we can do about getting some security personnel here.”
At halftime, Brockmeier and Hofmeister were transferred to a more secure position, as the London Stadium’s media zones are notorious for being widely accessible to match-goers.
“You always have the impression that something – a punch of something – could come from behind,” Hofmeister remarked. “My hopes of playing English football have been dashed.”
The Hammers were defeated
After defeating West Ham 2-1 in the first leg of the Europa League semifinals on Thursday, Eintracht Frankfurt is one step away from reaching its first European final in more than 40 years.
After knocking out Barcelona in the quarterfinals, Ansgar Knauff stunned West Ham with a goal 51 seconds after kickoff at the London Stadium.
Both clubs are attempting to reach what would be their most important match in decades – Frankfurt’s last final was in 1980, when it won the Europa League’s precursor, the UEFA Cup, while West Ham’s last final was in 1976 when it won the Cup Winner’s Cup.