West Ham fans are escorted by police through Frankfurt city center ahead of the Europa League semi-final second leg. Getty Images
More than 30 arrests have been made after West Ham and Eintracht Frankfurt fans clashed ahead of their Europa League semi-final second leg, police said on Thursday.
Frankfurt police said in a statement that they had to intervene “in several places” the night before because of fights between rival supporters or because fans “wanted to fight”. Police said they stopped a major altercation around the main train station.
According to police, up to 1,000 visiting fans “including fans considered to be at risk” were registered ahead of the match.
“Rival groups of supporters continued to seek violent clashes, which the police prevented by intervening quickly, notably in the station area. Despite this, there were physical attacks elsewhere,” the statement said, referring to to an attack by departed Frankfurt supporters. two unconscious visiting supporters. Both men had to be hospitalized due to their injuries.
Other altercations included an attack by a larger group of Frankfurt fans on West Ham supporters in a pub, in which baseball bats were used.
Frankfurt hosted West Ham for the second leg of their Europa League semi-final on Thursday. Frankfurt led 2-1 in the first leg.