Alkmaar issued a ban on 43 stadiums after clashes between fans in the West Ham League match

AZ Alkmaar has issued a 43-stadium ban after West Ham fans were attacked during last week’s Europa League semi-final second leg match at AFAS Stadium.

Fans stormed a section of the ground where friends and families of full-time traveling players sat after West Ham won 3-1 on aggregate.

A number of West Ham players attempted to intervene, including Michel Antonio, Flynn Downs, Aaron Cresswell and Said Benrahma.

AZ issued an apology to West Ham the day after the incident and the Dutch club took further action.

A criminal investigation is ongoing and further bans could be imposed.

An A-Z statement read: “AZ have now issued 43 stadium bans in response to the disturbances that occurred last week. It relates to the visitors who were involved in misconduct surrounding the European semi-final in Alkmaar.

“It is by no means out of the question that further bans will be imposed on domestic stadiums. Apart from this decision by the club, the criminal investigation by the authorities is still ongoing.”

Further measures were taken at AFAS Stadium ahead of the final game of the AZ Eredivisie season against PSV Eindhoven on Sunday in an effort to prevent a recurrence of the behavior.

This includes adding additional hosts, while no alcohol will be sold before or during the match at the Van der Ben Tribune.

West Ham won 1-0 at AFAS Stadium last Thursday to book their place in their first European final in 47 years.

David Moyes’ side will face Fiorentina in Prague on June 7th.

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