Five arrested as Tottenham and West Ham fans clash in ugly scenes ahead of Carabao Cup tie

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POLICE are set to launch an investigation into the ugly violence that marred Spurs’ Carabao Cup win over West Ham and saw five fans arrested.

Players from the two London clubs clashed outside the Tottenham Hotspur stadium before kick-off as baton-wielding cops fought to separate them.

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Tottenham and West Ham supporters clashed outside the Tottenham Hotspur StadiumCredit: Reuters
The police were forced to intervene

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The police were forced to interveneCredit: Reuters
Kick-off was not delayed due to scuffles

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Kick-off was not delayed due to scufflesCredit: Reuters
A fan is left bloodied following the trouble

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A fan is left bloodied following the troubleCredit: Reuters

Traveling Hammers fans have been escorted to the stadium in a bid to avoid clashes, following similar scenes when the teams met earlier this season.

However, at the stadium’s main entrance an hour before kick-off, a large group of supporters were seen battling it out.

Rival fans were chanting to each other before violence erupted.

A supporter was seen with blood running down his face.

Footage posted online also appeared to show a man knocked out in aggro.

Inside the pitch, a line of police in riot gear helped the stewards keep order.

And the thugs were throwing bottles at each other as they left the ground.

Earlier, a passenger on the train tweeted a complaint to the Met Police along with a video of a fan she said shouted anti-Semitic slurs.

There were also skirmishes at London train stations as fans took to the ground.

The FA and EFL are likely to investigate the issues, while police will begin to study their own and online footage of the violence to identify culprits.

The kick-off was not postponed due to the ugly scenes outside.

And it was Spurs who emerged victorious thanks to goals from Steven Bergwijn and Lucas Moura, either side of Jarrod Bowen’s equalizer.

Antonio Conte’s side now face another London derby against Chelsea in the semi-finals.

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