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MANCHESTER UNITED have been fined a total of £7,400 for a pitch invasion and missile throwing during their Champions League comeback win over Villarreal.

And West Ham have been hit with a £50,500 fine after crowd trouble at their Europa League clash with Rapid Vienna last month.


Man Utd have been fined for the pitch invader against VillarrealCredit: Reuters
West Ham have also been fined after fan clashes last month against Rapid Vienna


West Ham have also been fined after fan clashes last month against Rapid ViennaCredit: PA

The Hammers have been punished by Uefa after fans threw missiles at each other – some containing bottles of urine – throughout the game at the London Stadium on September 30.

Uefa have hit the Austrian club with a similar fine, and also ordered their away fans to be banned from attending one match in the competition.

The trouble overshadowed the first home game the Hammers were playing in the Europa League, which they won 2-0.

Rapid supporters attempted to storm the home section of the crowd as they completely lost control when Declan Rice fired the Hammers into a first-half lead at the London Stadium.

But even though order was restored by police and stewards, missiles were being thrown at each other by morons throughout the game.

And sickeningly, that included bottles of water emptied by supporters and then filled with urine which were launched randomly in the air.

Stewards and police found themselves drenched by the fluid as it landed and splashed over anyone in the vicinity.

Police made three arrests on the night – two for assaulting an emergency worker at the London Stadium, understood to be an officer.

Stewards and police were caught in several physical battles with the Rapid fans as they attempted to storm the West Ham section of the ground.

It was during one of these when the assault is understood to have taken place, while another was arrested for carrying an offensive weapon.

The incidents, which also included Vienna’s own supporter liaison team being ejected from the ground after clashing with authorities, are sure to be investigated by Uefa.

Trouble had been simmering between the two rival fans from even before kick-off.

The visiting support began antagonising West Ham fans prior to a light show which was celebrating the London club’s first home game in the Europa League.

With the ground in virtual darkness, several water bottles were launched between the two sets of supporters separated by a three-metre gap in the corner of the ground.

Once the lights had come back up, the throwing stopped for a period – but after around 20 minutes of action, occasional missiles were being exchanged between rival fans.


Then when Rice opened the scoring on 28 minutes, it sparked wild celebrations and taunting from the Hammers fans – which caused fury among the Vienna group.

The travelling supporters hopped over the advertising hoardings and tried to rush the Hammers fans, with as many as 30-40 attempting to break through.

Stewards fought desperately to hold them back before being joined by police as the authorities just managed to get the situation under control before it turned into chaos.

In the melee, giant water bottles used on water coolers were being launched at each other with other objects being thrown.

Missiles were also thrown at Hammers star Aaron Cresswell as made his way to just in front of the Vienna fans to take corners before half-time.

Trouble resumed after the game as visiting fans attempted to break out of their section out into the home stands, while bottles were again thrown by a group of Hammers fans staying inside the stadium.

Then further trouble flared when home security clashed with visiting officials from Vienna, dressed in club clothing, who appeared to be supporter liaison officers.

One in particular caused fury with stewards holding him against a wall under the stands demanding he be arrested.

Eventually tempers cooled but the group of staff were ordered to be thrown out of the stadium rather than wait around for police – who by which time had been forced to move outside in two groups armed with riot gear.

Meanwhile United beat the LaLiga side 2-1 in the Champions League last month after Cristiano Ronaldo’s injury time winner.

As he celebrated in the corner in front of supporters, a pitch invader also joined in the celebrations.

United were charged for that as well as the throwing of objects at Old Trafford.

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