UEFA could BAN West Ham players who protected families from AZ Alkmaar thugs – report

West Ham United captain Declan Rice celebrates at full-time of the UEFA Europa Conference League semi-final second leg match between AZ Alkmaar and West Ham United at the AFAS Stadion on May 18, 2023 in Alkmaar, Netherlands.
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The West Ham players who protected their families from attack by AZ Alkmaar fans at the end of Thursday night's Europa Conference League semi-final second leg are reportedly facing UEFA charges over their conduct.

Ugly scenes marred West Ham's 1-0 victory in the Netherlands – which saw them reach their first major European final for 47 years – as members of AZ's ultras group stormed a section of the AFAS Stadion housing the English club's families and friends – prompting four Hammers players to confront the attackers.

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