By Sam Stone

13th May, 2023 | 6:40pm

West Ham United investigation on cards after AZ Alkmaar incident

AZ Alkmaar are seeking an investigation after an incident took place during West Ham United’s Europa Conference League win on Thursday evening.

According to The Express on Saturday 13 May, the Eredivisie side have “vowed” to take action after a number of family members had to be removed for security reasons after an altercation with West Ham’s supporters.

The incident is believed to have happened after Tijjani Reijnders opened the scoring for AZ in the 41st minute.

An AZ club spokesperson has since disclosed to Express Sport that they will be pursuing further action with the relevant authorities.

Not good

This is a really bad look for the club. However, more thought needs to be put into where they house visiting fans. Placing friends and family in the heart of home supporters is never going to end well. West Ham fans were right to be annoyed if they were jumping up and down celebrating the goal.

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However, any threats or violence are completely unacceptable. It’s clear the incident was fairly serious, otherwise, AZ would have refrained from taking the issue to the higher authorities. Whoever made the decision to place the family just behind the dugout needs to be questioned.

On the pitch, it was a fairly successful night for David Moyes’ side. Goals from Michail Antonio and Said Benrahma saw the Hammers to an impressive victory which puts them in a strong position to qualify for the Conference League final in Prague.

Premier League safety now looks likely and a European triumph would turn West Ham’s season into a rather successful one.