It was announced and, unfortunately, it happened: the EFL Cup between Chelsea and West Ham was ruined by some clashes between the two sides supporters.
Everything happened when the game was almost over and the Blues were down 2-0: some fans attempted to burst through the segregation line and stewards couldn’t avoid the contact between them, this is when the riot police was forced to enter the stadium, but clashes continued with people throwing bottles, coins and seats, using also match programmes as missiles.
A Chelsea fan was spotted with a bad cut on his head provoked by a thrown coin.
Anyway, the tension had been boiling since before the kick-off, as the SportsMail reports and explains:
“A large group of Chelsea fans came all together and they had to be held back at the bottom of the stairs as West Ham supporters were entering just a couple of hundred yards along the way, so they also had to be restrained,” a Police officer said to the British paper, that continues:
“What followed was 10 minutes of scuffles and foul-mouthed arguments. With kick-off approaching, supporters became increasingly frustrated by the authorities’ refusal to let them enter, while the police and the response team (stewards appointed by the stadium operator) did not seem entirely on the same wavelength.
As a handful of Chelsea fans broke ranks, the response team appeared to panic with dozens of stewards sprinting to the scene. The police seemed irritated by the reaction of the stewards.”