Livescore Thursday, April 25

West Ham will be charged by Uefa over “moronic behaviour” by fans who left a Fiorentina player bloodied after pelting him with missiles during the Europa Conference League final.

Just three weeks after fans and player families were set upon by AZ Alkmaar thugs, the club’s big night was once again soured away from the action, with Italian Ultras earlier targeting supporters in central Prague.

However, inside the Eden Arena, it was the Hammers end that was at fault as supporters threw a dozen plastic pint cups and a vape at Fiorentina’s Cristiano Biraghi.

The match had to be halted temporarily as medics attended to a gash to Biraghi’s head and the referee ushered the furious Italian players to the halfway line.

The stadium announcer appealed to the supporters: “Stop throwing objects onto the pitch immediately – please respect the players and officials.”

Uefa said immediately afterwards that it will wait for a report into the incident, but well-placed sources told Telegraph Sport the club is certain to be punished.

“It’s moronic behaviour,” said the former West Ham midfielder Joe Cole, a Telegraph Sport columnist, during BT Sport coverage. “I’ve had it myself being hit by things – it needs to be sorted out and taken out of the game.”

The mood had turned in the West Ham end in the minutes prior to the incident as fans had been booing earlier decision-making by Spanish referee Carlos del Cerro Grande.

Elsewhere in Prague, it had been the West Ham fans who came under attack from Fiorentina hooligans who stormed a city centre bar. Czech Republic police, who had been patrolling the streets in heavy riot gear, detained 16 people after the suspected Italian ultras rat riot in the Rytířská Street drinking area.

Clashes came just three weeks after the semi-final victory over AZ Alkmaar was soured by hooded Dutch thugs attacking Hammers fans inside the stadium. West Ham are still waiting to find out whether they face any charges over those scenes too as players stepped in to help protect supporters under siege.

Prague police had been anticipating trouble and had a heavy presence throughout the main drinking spots. Several videos appeared on social media of the clash in which police said three West Ham fans were injured. An officer was also attacked as the violence was broken up.”We have been repeatedly targeted throughout this tournament,” said one fan who witnessed the attack but refused to give his name. “They burst into the pub with flares before tearing into us”

At least 15,000 West Ham fans descended on the city. Hundreds of ticketless supporters tried their luck around the stadium perimeter,  but there were few local touts and most were diverted to the city’s fanzone.

Having learnt lessons from the chaos at the Champions League final in Paris last year, Uefa and local forces operated a slick operation immediately around the stadium. Temporary metal fencing snaked along the main road.

Among the crowds in Prague was Chris Knoll, 58, the fan praised by the players and fellow supporters for fending off AZ Alkmaar ultras. He was rewarded by the club with a ticket for the game and was seen posing for photographs with supporters ahead of kick-off. West Ham and Fiorentina were each allocated only 5,780 tickets for the match, due to Slavia Prague’s stadium having a capacity of only around 19,000.

West Ham supporters on social media compared  their fan zone area to Glastonbury after it was flooded by heavy rainfall in Prague on Tuesday.

Singer Chesney Hawkes, who performed on the pitch at an England game during the World Club, was among entertainers keeping Hammers fans entertained at Letna Park. He described his performance ahead of kick off as “the best gig of my life”. The pop star, whose song The One And Only was a number one hit in the UK for five weeks in 1991, is a lifelong West Ham fan.

“Just to be amongst these people, this is my family right here,” he said. “It was amazing, absolutely incredible, felt the love. To have my whole family on-stage, my son, my brother, my best friend, it was just a dream come true.”

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