Fiorentina players were subjected to a discourteous approach from the West Ham crowd at the Eden Arena in Prague during the UEFA Europa Conference League final.
The Viola captain Cristiano Biraghi was attacked by West Ham fans dressed in black at one point in the match when he was about to take a corner. Cups were thrown towards the Italian and a sharp object hit and bloodied his neck in the back. A late Jarrod Bowen goal proved to be a real kick in the teeth for La Viola, who had equalised through Giacomo Bonaventura after Said Benrahma had put the Hammers in front.
Luka Jovic reportedly did receive a broken nose for a foul committed upon him and Fiorentina president Rocco Commisso has condemned the disrespectful acts perpetrated by some of The Hammerers’ supporters.
In an interview with Firenzeviola.it via TuttomercatoWeb just after his team lost the Conference League final, president Commisso said: “I expected a victory, but there were some cases on the pitch where the referee should have done better. Jovic with a broken nose, the other one is Biraghi. I spoke to the Premier League president and I told him that they are all ‘animals’ there for the way they treated our players.“
Images of Biraghi’s bloodied neck circulated around the internet and though he was fit to carry on, these kinds of acts undermine the very sanctity of the game. It remains to be seen if any action is taken against the Hammers fans.
Trambak Bhattacherjee | GIFN