Soccer-UEFA charge West Ham and Fiorentina for Conference League final incidents

Soccer Football - Europa Conference League - Final - Fiorentina v West Ham United - Eden Arena, Prague, Czech Republic - June 7, 2023 Fiorentina's Cristiano Biraghi receives medical attention after sustaining a head injury REUTERS/Radovan Stoklasa

(Reuters) - Fiorentina and West Ham United have both been charged for the behaviour of their fans in Wednesday's Europa Conference League final in Prague, European soccer's governing body UEFA said on Friday.

The referee was forced to stop play midway through the first half after West Ham fans threw objects at Fiorentina's Cristiano Biraghi, hitting the defender on the head and drawing blood.

Both teams will face charges for the throwing of objects. In addition, Fiorentina will be charged for the lighting of fireworks, while West Ham will be charged for the invasion of the field by their supporters.

Czech police also said they had detained 16 Fiorentina supporters after they attacked West Ham fans in a local bar and a police officer before the match.

The match ended in a 2-1 win for West Ham after Jarrod Bowen slid home a 90th-minute winner.

(Reporting by Tommy Lund in Gdansk; Editing by Christian Radnedge)

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