Moment West Ham fans attacked by Frankfurt Ultras before fan rushed to hospital

A group of West Ham United fans were attacked by Eintracht Frankfurt ultras on Wednesday night ahead of their Europa League semi-final second leg in Germany on Thursday evening.

It was the second night in a row that Hammers supporters had been targeted, with one fan being rushed to hospital with a broken nose and suspected cracked teeth, according to the Daily Mail.

Footage emerged on social media showing a bunch of mask-wearing thugs throwing glasses, bottles and bar stools at English fans who were sitting peacefully in an Irish pub watching the Champions League semi-final second leg between Manchester City and Real Madrid last night.

A number of pub-goers were seen running for cover as missiles were launched towards the building, with glass shattering all around them. In response, those that were already inside the pub start throwing things back at the attackers and could be heard shouting obscenities, as well as "Irons".

It's understood that the ultras had been searching the city looking for targets to attack all evening amid reports that hundreds of police officers have been drafted into the area in an attempt to maintain the peace for the second leg, and it's thought that they picked the Irish pub because there were only a small number of West Ham fan inside.

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Earlier in the day, a number of bars in the centre of the city decided to close early due to the violence.

David Moyes' side are looking to overturn a 2-1 first-leg defeat to reach their first ever Europa League final, and with a top four finish now almost mathematically impossible, tonight's clash really is make or break for the east Londoners.

"A European semi-final is huge for me, the players, everybody," said Moyes.

"I'm thrilled to be taking the team here and it wasn't long ago we were fighting relegation – it's been a big climb and there's no reason why it shouldn't continue.

"We need a whole team performance. The biggest thing for me is we get to the final."

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