“Such behavior is unacceptable and is not tolerated at West Ham United,” West Ham United made it clear after two reporters of the ARD radio at the European League game of Eintracht Frankfurt in London were attacked, and worked at high pressure on the Investigation of the incident. “We will work on finding the perpetrators.”
This has now been achieved. “After a thorough internal examination after the final whistle last night, West Ham United can confirm that two perpetrators were identified,” said a spokesman for the club. The Premier League club also says: “In addition to continuing our own investigations in accordance with our zero tolerance approach, the data of the perpetrators were also passed on to the police, which will now carry out their own investigations.”
If the perpetrators are found guilty, they will receive an indefinite ban and neither be allowed to enter the London stage nor travel with the club.
The affected round radio reports Tim Brockmeier and Philipp Hofmeister are doing well. According to their descriptions, they received “several punches on the back of the head, on the neck, in the back”. That is probably not “the fine English way,” wrote Brockmeier on Twitter. He thanked the Eintracht’s media employees, but also the host, “had to bring us to safety during the break”.