West Ham and Bayer Leverkusen involved in mass brawl after double red card

The first half of the Europa League match between West Ham and Bayer Leverkusen turned chaotic when a brawl broke out on the pitch after Michail Antonio scored, reducing the Hammers’ two-goal deficit. The conflict led to red cards for players and coaching staff from both teams.

Xabi Alonso and David Moyes were not involved in any disciplinary actions during the incident. The clashes escalated further as West Ham’s assistant coach, Billy McKinlay, was sent off, and he was seen gesturing towards a member of Leverkusen’s staff.

The exact cause of the conflict is unknown, and it is unclear whether the incidents in the dugout were connected to the brawl on the pitch. The match official managed to ease the tension between the coaches, but the conflict re-emerged when Antonio and Kossounou began wrestling and had to be separated by their teammates.

West Ham’s dream start in the match with an early goal fueled the home crowd, but they would need to defeat Leverkusen, who were unbeaten in all competitions and had secured the Bundesliga title, to advance to the semi-finals. Please note that this article contains affiliate links, and we may receive a commission on any sales generated from them.

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