West Ham and Eintracht Frankfurt fans clash in Seville between Europa League matches | Soccer News

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West Ham supporters were embroiled in clashes with Eintracht Frankfurt supporters ahead of their Europa League Round of 16 tie against Sevilla on Thursday.

Footage on social media appeared to show a group of Frankfurt fans, also in Sevilla after their side played Real Betis in the Europa League on Wednesday night, walking towards West Ham supporters outside a bar, before bottles and chairs being thrown by both sets of fans. .

West Ham manager David Moyes had said on Wednesday that up to 10,000 Hammers fans were heading to the Spanish city for the first leg of the club’s Europa League round of 16, although the eastern club London only receives an official allocation of 3,000 tickets from UEFA. .

Seville police said Sky Sports News that an Eintracht Frankfurt fan has been arrested. No West Ham fans have been arrested.

What happened in Seville?

Sky Sports News reporter Keith Downie in Seville:

“There were some pretty ugly scenes here last night in the Paseo de Cristobal Colon area of ​​Seville on the city shore. A group of West Ham fans were drinking outside an Irish pub and were approached by Eintracht Frankfurt supporters, armed with weapons, chairs, bottles, sticks.

“The images on social media are not good to look at. It looked like the West Ham fans had fought back themselves with bottles before the police arrived and managed to disperse the fans. There is a lot of glass left in the street since the night before. We have contacted police for comment to confirm the injuries.”

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Ahead of their Europa League draw against Sevilla, a group of West Ham and Eintracht Frankfurt supporters clashed after the German side’s victory over Real Betis.

UEFA under scrutiny

Sky Sports News reporter Keith Downie in Seville:

“You have to ask UEFA questions. Originally, Eintracht Frankfurt were due to face Real Betis in Sevilla on Thursday, the same day as Sevilla’s game against West Ham. UEFA have decided to move the game a day earlier.

“I’ve been here for a few days and there have been Frankfurt and West Ham fans in town; there are only so many flights to bring fans into town, so a lot of them are arrived a few days earlier Remember that 10,000 West Ham fans are expected in Sevilla, despite the club only having 3,000 tickets for the game itself.

“There will be a lot of fans watching the game in the bars around town, and you would think there would still be Frankfurt fans here.

“With the home fans of Sevilla and Real Betis, that’s four clubs in the city over a 24-hour period for two games and kind of set something up. But despite all that, it’s not scenes we want to see, and we hope there won’t be any rehearsals throughout the day.”

State of play of the Europa League

The eight group winners of the UEFA Europa League group stage face the eight winners of the UEFA Europa League knockout…

Wednesday, March 9…

  • FC Porto 0-1 Lyon
  • Real Betis 1-2 Eintracht Frankfurt

Thursday, March 10…

  • Sevilla v West Ham (5:45 p.m.)
  • Rangers vs Red Star Belgrade (8 p.m.)
  • Braga v Monaco (8 p.m.)
  • Atalanta v Bayer Leverkusen (8 p.m.)
  • Barcelona v Galatasaray (8 p.m.)
  • RB Leipzig vs Spartak Moscow (8 p.m.)

Thursday March 17

  • Bayer Leverkusen – Atalanta (5:45 p.m.)
  • Red Star Belgrade vs Rangers (5:45 p.m.)
  • Galatasaray v Barcelona (5:45 p.m.)
  • Monaco v Braga (5:45 p.m.)
  • Eintracht Frankfurt vs Real Betis (8 p.m.)
  • Lyon v FC Porto (8 p.m.)
  • West Ham United v Sevilla (8 p.m.)
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