by Sean Whetstone

I have to say the Frankfurt supporters have been nicely behaved on the London Stadium when you ignore their flare antics.

Regardless of hypothesis and threats galore that up 10,000 Germans might descend on Stratford, solely 150 ticketless followers have been escorted again to central London by Met Police.

Nor have been there plenty of Germans within the Hammers’ residence finish though a couple of received by way of however not more than in different Europa League video games.

The police have been taking no possibilities with a whole bunch of Territorial Help Group officers readily available with riot gear of their vans nevertheless it was not wanted.

The police closed off the highway near Pudding Mill Lane for away followers forcing many West Ham followers together with myself to stroll across the London Stadium to succeed in my turnstile.

The Germans have been noisy and in good type, that they had in all probability one of the best synchronic flag-waving I’ve ever seen. The decrease energetically waved their black and white flags just for the higher away tier to take over because the decrease tier rested.

There was minimal throwing of missiles from both facet and no actual violent clashes many had foretold. Even Frankfurt president Peter Fischer appeared on good behaviour as he walked alongside the facet of the pitch previous to kick-off to wave at German followers within the away finish. Hammers followers appeared oblivious to who he received no abuse.

A German announcer instructed Frankfurt followers that they have been being held again after the sport to permit West Ham followers to disperse and so they took it in good spirit by carrying on their celebrations. Part 206 within the West stand can be a delegated premium away part for Europa video games and these followers have been additionally held again and surrounded by safety and stewards.

Not the end result on the pitch we needed however equally not the doom and gloom off the pitch that some predicted.

The club, Stadium workers and police deliberate the operation nicely and minimised the danger of widespread dysfunction.

Indisputably, this was in all probability the biggest attended soccer recreation with an actual attendance the London Stadium has ever seen. All 60,000 seats have been stuffed have been for as soon as.

West Ham’s determination to solely promote tickets to season ticket holders, claret members and precedence checklist followers with earlier ticket historical past labored nicely in stopping Germans from shopping for these tickets on mass. I’m certain UEFA could have one thing to say about Frankfurt’s reed flares and the flare was thrown onto the pitch after the Hammers objective nevertheless it might have been lots worse.

Let’s hope each units of followers behave themselves in Frankfurt subsequent week and the one headline is our unbelievable comeback and away win to succeed in the ultimate in Seville.

Author: Londonlad

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