Fiorentina president Rocco Commisso has expressed his displeasure over the conduct of West Ham players and fans during the Europa Conference League final. The Italian club’s chief went as far as to label the English side as ‘animals’ following the incidents that occurred during the match.
Fiorentina lost the final to West Ham due to a last-minute goal by Jarrod Bowen. However, the defeat was not the only cause for Commisso’s discontent. He was particularly unhappy with the Spanish referee Carlos del Cerro Grande and the behavior of West Ham’s players and fans.
During the match, Fiorentina striker Luka Jovic had his nose broken and had to be substituted at half-time. In addition, Fiorentina captain Cristiano Biraghi was left bleeding from the head after being hit by a barrage of plastic beer cups and a vape pen thrown by West Ham fans.
Commisso did not mince his words when expressing his feelings about the incidents. “What should I say? I expected a victory,” he told reporters upon returning to Florence. “But there were cases where the referee should have done better. Jovic broke his nose, then Biraghi.”
He further added, “I spoke to the Premier League president, telling him they are all animals for how they treated our footballers. The defeat is not fair. We could have won 3-0, I am sorry for the fans who deserved more.”
Despite the bitter loss, Commisso confirmed that manager Vincenzo Italiano would remain in charge next season.
West Ham’s Response
In response to the incidents, West Ham issued a statement promising to take action against anyone found to have committed an offence and ban them from attending matches at the London Stadium. The club unreservedly condemned the behavior of a small number of individuals who threw objects onto the pitch during the final.
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