Police made five arrests on Wednesday night after Tottenham and West Ham fans were involved in violent clashes before their Carabao Cup tie, with several police officers forced to separate them outside Spurs’ stadium.
The two rivals were facing each other in a London derby – which Tottenham won 2-1 – with a long history of match day fighting between the two teams.
Several clips emerged on social media of fans fighting on High Road that runs alongside Tottenham’s home ground, with one supporter appearing to be knocked out amid the fighting.
Other footage showed police standing in the middle of High Road with West Ham fans kept to the left-hand side, while officers used batons to keep the two sets of fans apart.
West Ham fans were heard singing the chant ‘Irons’ and ‘Tottenham get battered, everywhere they go’, while some supporters used the Anti-Semitic term ‘yid’ to describe Spurs fans.
Tottenham and West Ham fans clashed before Wednesday night’s Carabao Cup quarter-final
Police were seen separating the two group on fans on High Road outside Spurs’ stadium
Officers detained a supporter amid clashes between fans before the 7.45pm kick-off
Police managed to keep the situation under control but did use force to separate supporters
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As reported by The Evening Standard, the Metropolitan Police have announced that five people were arrested after Wednesday’s match.
It includes a 41-year-old man arrested ‘on suspicion of invading the pitch’, a 31-year-old man arrested ‘on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm’ and another 31-year-old man arrested ‘on suspicion of violent disorder and being in possession of a Class A drug’.
A 30-year-old man was also arrested ‘on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly’ and a 22-year-old man was arrested ‘on suspicion of assaulting an emergency worker.’
All five men are reportedly still in custody at a north London police station.
The two teams were competing on Wednesday night for a spot in the Carabao Cup semi-finals in early January.
Antonio Conte’s Tottenham side won 2-1 thanks to goals from Steven Bergwijn and Lucas Moura.
Tottenham last won this competition in 2008, while the Hammers have never lifted the League Cup before, though were runners-up in 1966 and 1981.
The same sets of fans clashed during their Premier League clash at West Ham’s London Stadium in October, with fighting emerging on the concourse after a Tottenham fan kicked down a door separating the two groups.
The fighting continued as both sets of fans approached the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
One fan was ‘knocked out’ in the middle of High Road as the fighting moved into the street
Footage on social media showed police standing in the middle of High Road to break up fans
Police used force (right) to keep fans apart as the two teams’ history of violence continues
Shocking video footage from the October encounter showed the Spurs supporter managing to drift past four stewards guarding the doors and break down the barrier, with both sets of fighting when it was opened.
Stewards on either side of the door eventually managed to form their own barrier to do their best to keep the fans apart, but supporters on either side threw punches at their rival fans, while plastic cups of beer were also thrown inbetween the doorway.
After the first time Tottenham fans managed to break down the door, several more Spurs fans attempted to break through the door to fight the Hammers supporters on the other side.
Tottenham fans were heard singing ‘No noise from the p**** boys’ throughout the incident, while West Ham fans were chanting ‘Irons’ as they faced the prospect of taking on Spurs fans on Sunday afternoon.
The two clubs are fierce rivals in the Premier League, while Hammers and Spurs fans have a long history of violence during top-flight matches.
West Ham and Tottenham fans clashed in October of this year after Spurs supporters broke through a door separating the two groups
After Tottenham fans broke down the door, West Ham fans tried to fight Spurs fans who were trying to get through the doorway
In November 2015, a 35-year-old West Ham supporter was left hospitalised after being stabbed in the stomach while hundreds of fans from either club had to be restrained by police on horseback before kick off at Tottenham’s White Hart Lane ground.
According to a bystander at the time, a large contingent of West Ham supporters were being shepherded by police into the ground when a group of ‘half a dozen’ attempted to break away and punched a Tottenham fan walking by.
In November 2018, two Tottenham supporters sitting in West Ham’s London Stadium home end were ejected from the home end were attacked as they were escorted out of the ground.
As they were walking down a flight of steps they were targets of verbal abuse before one supporter threw a drink in their direction.
As they continued to walk, video footage shows punches being aimed at them before stewards finally managed to bundle them away from the stands.