Czech police detained 16 suspects after a group of black-clad Fiorentina fans attacked West Ham supporters in a bar in central Prague on Wednesday before the Europa Conference League final, injuring three patrons, authorities said.
Video on Twitter showed fans setting off flares and throwing tables at the bar located off Prague’s Old Town Square. A police officer was also attacked.
Police said it was an isolated incident and the fans had minor injuries of cuts on their hands.
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“Italy fans attacked West Ham fans in a bar on Rytirska street, injuring three,” Czech police said on Twitter. “A police officer was also attacked. We have restricted the personal liberty of 16 people.”
Prague police have called in several hundred extra officers to patrol the event. An estimated 20,000 West Ham supporters, many without match tickets, are planning to attend the fan zone in the Czech capital, revelling in their team’s first European final in nearly half a century.