Violent scenes as West Ham and Rapid Vienna fans clash at the London Stadium
There were nasty scenes in the stands at the London Stadium as West Ham and Rapid Vienna fans clashed during the Europa League clash on Thursday night
West Ham took the lead through Declan Rice in the 28th minute and the goal sparked violence among supporters in a corner of the ground.
The Sun reports that a number of the Rapid Vienna fans tried to storm a section of the home fans after Rice’s goal, jumping barriers to do so.
Stewards and then police held off the attack from the away fans and order was restored, avoiding what could have been a much worse situation.
The attempted invasion of the home end was not completely out of the blue, with missiles being thrown between the two sets of fans.
These were mainly water bottles, but occassionally bigger objects including large water coolers being chucked.
On the pitch, West Ham picked up an impressive 2-0 win over the Austrians thanks to Rice and a late second from Said Benrahma.
After starting their Europa League campaign with a 2-0 win at Dinamo Zagreb, the result in east London keeps up their perfect start to the campaign and leaves them top of Group H.