David Moyes insists he's confident West Ham players won't be punished

David Moyes insists he’s confident West Ham players will NOT be punished after they leapt into the crowd to protect their families during shocking violence at AZ Alkmaar

  • West Ham reached the UEFA Conference League final after beating AZ Alkmaar
  • A number of players jumped into the crowd to protect their families on Thursday
  • David Moyes is confident they won’t be charged with inappropriate behaviour

David Moyes is confident his West Ham players will not be punished for jumping into the stands to protect their families on Thursday night.

AZ Alkmaar are sure to be charged following the disgraceful scenes in the aftermath of West Ham’s 1-0 victory, which confirmed they would be playing in the Europa Conference League final on June 7.

Captain Declan Rice and team-mates Said Benrahma, Flynn Downes and Michail Antonio were the players involved and it remains to see whether Europe’s governing body will seek to charge them with inappropriate behaviour.

West Ham are sure to fight that should it happen given that the players genuinely feared their friends and families were in danger from Dutch ‘ultras’.

Manager Moyes indicated he believed it wouldn’t get that far. ‘I can’t see any problem, to be honest,’ he said. ‘I work with UEFA on the technical stuff and I don’t think we’ll have any questions asked about that, that’s my own opinion.’

David Moyes is confident his  players will not be punished for jumping into the stands

AZ Alkmaar fans attacked the West Ham supporters after their side’s exit from Europe 

Hammers players ran to the stands after realising family members were in danger 

Lucas Paqueta (right)and Said Benrahma (left) were among some of the players to step in 

West Ham’s Premier League campaign has been mostly a struggle to avoid relegation but the 3-1 victory over Leeds in their final home fixture of the season moved them up to 14th place.

Many fans had been calling for Moyes to be sacked earlier in the season but he and Steve Cooper of Nottingham Forest have both delivered safety following backing from the board.

The prospect of a first European final in 47 years has placated the critics of the Scot’s playing style and many fans stayed behind afterwards to applaud the players on a lap of honour.

‘If you’re a West Ham supporter, there’s nothing you can do but applaud the team and how they’ve performed, because they’ve done remarkable,’ Moyes said. ‘I hope that we’ve got something that we can really give them to shout about in a week or so’s time.’

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