Police officer aims dig at West Ham United fans as Morocco celebrate World Cup success in Piccadilly
Morocco beat Canada 2-1 on Thursday to secure passage to the World Cup knockout stage, and a London police officer couldn’t resist a dig at West Ham fans.
Hakim Ziyech and Youssef En-Nesyri scored the goals to give their nation a crucial win over Canada, and it triggered some jubilant celebrations from Moroccans all over the world – including London.
West Ham’s Nayef Aguerd put the ball in his own net just before half-time, but Morocco held on to top Group F ahead of Croatia.
ITV’s Robert Peston took to Twitter to share a video of the celebrations, which showed fans letting off fireworks and celebrating in Piccadilly.
The tweet also included a quote from a London police officer who couldn’t resist using the moment to aim a dig towards Hammers fans.
“Very happy Morocco fans in Piccadilly. Police officer: ‘they are so much more genial than the West Ham fans I normally have to deal with'” read Peston’s tweet.
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In the defence of West Ham fans – there’s not much to be genial about this season at all.
A dire start to the Premier League campaign has seen the Hammers slump to 16th in the table. It has been somewhat papered over by a perfect start to the Europa Conference League, but it’s hardly an excuse to get the fireworks out.
Hopefully the winter break serves the Hammers well and David Moyes can turn things around in the second half of the season. The Scotsman finds himself under huge pressure at the London Stadium after dragging West Ham into a relegation scrap with three consecutive defeats heading into the World Cup period.
However, a surge up the table in the Premier League paired with a good run in Europe could definitely trigger some West Ham fireworks in Piccadilly.
For now, though, West Ham will just have to stand aside and leave it up to the Moroccans.