14 AZ supporters convicted of post West Ham match rioting

Trouble on the main stand after the game. Photo: ANP

Seven more men have been given short jail terms and community service for their part in the trouble after AZ lost a key European football match against West Ham last month, taking the total found guilty so far to 14.

A group of AZ supporters tried to storm the main stand after AZ lost the second leg of their semi-final against the English side, and were repelled by West Ham supporters and club officials before the arrival of riot police.

The 14 men, aged between 19 and 45, were all found guilty of attacking either the police or West Ham supporters at fast-track hearings on Wednesday and Tuesday.

Seven of the men were sentenced to 30 days in jail, with part of the prison term suspended and all were given community service varying from 150 to 60 hours. All 14 were also banned from the Afas stadium and its surroundings for two years.

The public prosecutor had called for jail terms of up to nine weeks.

In total, 18 men were arrested after the game and a television appeal for information.

One man will appear in court later because he faces more serious charges and was caught on camera kicking someone repeatedly in the head, the public prosecution department said.

West Ham won the Conference League final against Fiorentina 2-1 on Wednesday night.

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