West Ham identify fans who allegedly hit German journalists

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West Ham have given police the names of two fans who allegedly punched two German radio journalists at the London stadium during the broadcast of a Europa League semi-final game. The Premier League club investigated after commentators reported on-air that they were hit by fans sitting behind them in West Ham’s 2-1 loss to Eintracht Frankfurt in the semi-finals first leg -finals on Thursday.

No charges had been filed as of Saturday. Commentators Tim Brockmeier and Philipp Hofmeister wrote in an article for German public broadcaster HR on Friday that West Ham fans didn’t like their “emotional commentary” after Frankfurt scored in the first minute and started pummeling them. They were hit again after Michail Antonio equalized for West Ham.

They said the stewards did not help them and it was only after the Frankfurt press team contacted their counterparts at West Ham that they received help. They were moved to the main press box at half-time. The Metropolitan Police said in a statement they were working with the club “to determine what happened and to identify anyone involved so that appropriate action can be taken”.

West Ham said offenders would be banned indefinitely if found guilty.

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