West Ham to ban thugs over attack on German media who had headphones ripped off

West Ham have vowed to slap bans on the supporters who attacked German commentators following Michail Antonio's goal on Thursday evening.

The Hammers fell behind to Eintracht Frankfurt early on during their Europa League semi-final at the London Stadium. And after Antonio hit back, some West Ham fans took a chance to attack the German commentators, who were below them.

Philip Hofmeister, ARD radio, said: “We're being attacked here. They threw the headset down on my colleague Tim Brockmeier.” The pair were rescued by security, and moved away from the fans, as CCTV will now be used to punish those involved in the incident.

Hofmeister added: "If you constantly have the feeling that something could come from behind, a punch or something… My dreams of English football have been shattered."

West Ham said: "The club is aware of the incident and will be working to identify the offender.

"In line with our zero-tolerance approach, anyone identified will have their details passed to the police. They will be given an indefinite ban and be unable to enter the London Stadium and travel with the club. There is no place for this kind of behaviour.”

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West Ham face an uphill task next week in Germany after losing the home time 2-1.

David Moyes said: "Disappointing result but there's another game to play. Hopefully we play better in the second-leg. We didn't show enough quality in the final third. We switched off for the goals."

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