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Video shows AZ fans letting off fireworks outside West Ham team hotel

Video shows AZ fans letting off fireworks outside West Ham team hotel

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Video shows AZ Alkmaar fans letting off fireworks outside the West Ham team hotel ahead of their crunch semi-final second leg.

West Ham face AZ Alkmaar in Holland bidding to make it to the Europa Conference League final on Thursday night.

As fans well know, the Hammers hold a slender advantage having come from behind to beat AZ Alkmaar 2-1 at the London Stadium.

West Ham made the short trip to Holland yesterday ahead of Thursday night’s big game.

The victors in the tie will play either Basel or Fiorentina in the final in Prague.

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Video shows AZ Alkmaar fans letting off fireworks outside West Ham team hotel ahead of crunch semi-final second leg

David Moyes has a near fully fit first choice XI available with Michail Antonio and Vladimir Coufal returning to the squad.

And it’s clear their hosts are worried.

You often hear tales of fans setting off fire alarms, making hoax phone calls and generally being a nuisance for visiting teams at their hotels in the build-up to big European matches.

It seems West Ham’s opponents are going to great lengths – and expense – to try and gain any advantage.

Video shows AZ Alkmaar fans letting off fireworks outside the West Ham team hotel ahead of the crunch semi-final second leg.

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Firework stunt could backfire on ‘Alphabet FC’

Video has been posted online showing alleged AZ fans letting off fireworks near the West Ham hotel in a bid to disrupt the sleep of West Ham’s players.

You can see the footage in the post below.

But the stunt may backfire and leave the AZ supporters looking foolish.

Because the match is an 8pm kick-off – so West Ham’s players would simply have had extra time in bed come the morning if their sleep was disrupted.

And it may even give West Ham’s players extra incentive to go out and see off the team West Ham fans have dubbed ‘Alphabet FC’.

Let’s hope the next fireworks West Ham see are those being let off at the final in Prague next month.

The Hammers will want to avoid any fireworks on the pitch in Holland.

In last season’s Europa League semi-final second leg, West Ham saw Aaron Cresswell and David Moyes sent off before a ridiculous pitch invasion from Frankfurt fans.

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