Seven AZ Alkmaar supporters arrested, 26 give up following assault on West Ham gamers and employees by followers

SEVEN AZ ALKMAAR followers have been detained by cops following a police enchantment after final week’s disgusting assault on West Ham supporters.

The Dutch supporters reacted angrily to the Hammers’ 1-0 win within the Europa Convention League on Thursday.

Seven AZ Alkmaar followers have been detained by police after the assault on West Ham supportersCredit score: Getty

The end result meant David Moyes’ aspect progressed to the ultimate 3-1 on mixture and can now meet Fiorentina.

Pablo Fornals’ 94th minute strike sealed the victory, sparking AZ Alkmaar hooligans to assault a bunch of travelling family and friends of the Hammers’ gamers and training employees sat behind the dugout.

We reported how a number of West Ham gamers, together with sporting director Mark Noble, rushed to assist defend them from the thugs – who have been wearing black and sporting balaclavas.

Moyes additionally revealed how his aged father was caught up within the mayhem.

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Then footage shot by a witness within the stadium confirmed how one courageous fan stepped in to defend these behind him within the terrifying scenes.

Dutch authorities used TV present Opsporing Verzocht to air CCTV photographs of the suspects concerned within the incident in an enchantment to search out the culprits.

That led to a complete of 26 males handing themselves in to cops, with seven of them being detained, however police say an extra ten suspects are nonetheless being sought.

A spokesperson stated: “There have been individuals who we weren’t initially searching for, however who have been afraid that they have been in one of many photographs.

“It’s subsequently not the case that they’re robotically all suspected of open violence.”

Alkmaar are set to face a hefty Uefa punishment which may embrace a fantastic and partial and even full stadium closure after being sanctioned twice previously 15 months for poor fan behaviour.

Uefa are nonetheless deciding whether or not or to not launch a separate investigation into the incident, though no prices are prone to be introduced till after the ultimate in Prague subsequent month.

However Alkmaar followers have been banned from Sunday’s 3-0 win at NEC Nijmegen.

In the meantime, hero West Ham fan Chis Knoll says he “practically cried” when the membership supplied him a ticket for the ultimate after preventing off Alkmaar thugs.

The 58-year-old stood as much as the yobs and fought dozens of them concurrently he defended the workforce’s family members.

His defiance was caught on digital camera and he rapidly reached superstar standing among the many West Ham trustworthy, who now dub him the “Angel of Alkmaar”.

Knollsy acquired a standing ovation from the house crowd on Sunday earlier than West Ham’s last recreation of the season at London Stadium in opposition to Leeds.

And he additionally stated it took him over an hour to go away the stadium as fellow followers expressed their gratitude for his bravery within the Netherlands.

A total of 26 men have handed themselves in to cops after a police appeal

A complete of 26 males have handed themselves in to cops after a police enchantment

A West Ham fan bravely fought off hordes of Dutch fans

A West Ham fan bravely fought off hordes of Dutch followersCredit score: Twitter

Chris 'Knollsy' Knoll has insisted he is no hero despite his actions

Chris ‘Knollsy’ Knoll has insisted he’s no hero regardless of his actionsCredit score: Enterprise