Anderlecht fans convicted after violent scenes in West Ham match

Anderlecht fans guilty of racism charges, assaulting an emergency worker and entering the pitch after violence broke out at West Ham’s London Stadium during Europa Conference League clash

  • Three football fans have been convicted for their unruly behavior during a match
  • One of the men was convicted over aggravated racial or religious harassment
  • Another will spend eight weeks behind bars for assault and criminal damage
  • The third man stormed the pitch and stole the ball from West Ham goalkeeper
  • The violence took place during West Ham’s Europa clash with Anderlecht

Three football fans have been convicted for their unruly behavior during a match at London Stadium this week which left four police officers injured.

One of the men was guilty of aggravated racial or religious harassment, while another will spend eight weeks behind bars for assault and criminal damage. 

Violence broke out during West Ham’s Europa Conference League clash with Anderlecht.

Flares blazed through the crowd of away fans while seats were torn from the arena to be used as missiles during the game.

Joey Degroof, 36, of no fixed address, was convicted at Croydon Magistrates’ Court today of assaulting an emergency worker. 

Three football fans have been convicted for their unruly behavior during a match at London Stadium this week which left four police officers injured 

He was sentenced to eight weeks’ imprisonment. He was also convicted of criminal damage. 

Frederick Jules Desnet, 40, also of no fixed address, was convicted at Thames Magistrates’ Court of racial or religious aggravated harassment with intent to cause alarm or distress. 

He was fined £200 and banned from attending football matches for three years. 

Dean Pierre Daquano, 28,  was convicted at Thames Magistrates’ Court of rushing the pitch. He was fined £120 and given a football ban lasting three years. 

During the violent scenes, rows of police officers put their bodies on the line to stand between warring fans of each club as they fought in the stands.

One of the flares wound up on the pitch and the game was interrupted as Daquano invaded the pitch and took the ball from West Ham keeper Alphonse Areola.

In total, four police were injured. A riot officer was hit over the head with a chair while another sustained an arm injury.

Two officers required treatment in hospital after the assaults.  

A spokesman from Metropolitan Police said: ‘Assaults on emergency workers are not acceptable and will not be tolerated.’

Officials from the Belgian football club came out to publicly condemn the behaviour of a small contingency of their fans. 

‘We do not tolerate that behaviour in our stadium or away and we will take it up with the fans and UEFA. We apologise to West Ham,’ the spokesperson said.

Anderlecht officials apologised in the wake of the controversy and made explicitly clear they do not condone the behaviour

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