Footage of two West Ham fans holding off a mob of AZ supporters is being shared online.
West Ham booked themselves a spot in the Europa Conference League final last night, but much of the attention has been shifted to a full-time altercation instead.
Footage of the incident shows two members of the travelling West Ham faithful holding off a bunch of oncoming AZ Alkmaar fans.
The home support attempted to enter West Ham players’ family section after Pablo Fornals’ last-gasp winner.
David Moyes’ side found themselves behind in the opening 41 minutes of the first leg but were able to change their fortunes with a much better second-half performance.
A Said Benrahma penalty and a goal-scramble finish from Michail Antonio saw them gain a one-goal advantage.
The second leg was all to play for.
In the 94th minute and with little to separate the pair on the night, Fornal’s dazzling run eventually broke the deadlock as the Hammers sealed the two-legged tie.
However, the scenes on the other side of the white line at full-time however, were less fruitful.
Video: Two West Ham supporters holding off AZ Alkmaar mob
2 West Ham fans managing to stop a mob of AZ Alkmaar fans from getting to the hospitality section where all the players families are seated👏👊 pic.twitter.com/7nKjXUbEvC
— Football Away Days (@AwayDays_) May 19, 2023
In the heat of their loss, AZ Alkmaar supporters broke through the fence in order to attack the friends and family of the West Ham players.
Players – including captain Declan Rice – attempted to intervene.
But it is two West Ham supporters who can be seen in the video that held off the home support onslaught.