Anderlecht apologise to West Ham after fans light flares and throw seats

Anderlecht have issued an apology after their fans lit flares and threw seats at West Ham supporters during their 2-1 Europa Conference League defeat at London Stadium on Thursday.

Police had to intervene to separate the two sets of supporters and the Belgian side said their fans’ behaviour was unacceptable. One Anderlecht fan was apprehended by security after running on to the pitch.

“The club will take this onwards with supporters because we don’t tolerate this kind of behaviour, not in our home stadium and not away,” a spokesperson for Anderlecht said. “We will take it up with the fans and definitely Uefa and we strongly condemn this. We want to apologise to West Ham for this behaviour.”

David Moyes praised Anderlecht’s response. “It’s very good of the club to come out and say it,” West Ham’s manager said. “Big credit to them. I think everybody’s focus gets taken away when there’s crowd trouble in some way. The players’ job is to get on with it and I thought they did.

“We are in a different society, a different world now and it’s not what any football club wants to have connected to them.”