Video - Shocking fighting in the stands compounds West Ham misery

Another early Europa League exit for West Ham
Another early Europa League exit for West Ham

West Ham crashed out of the Europa League on Thursday night, but it was shocking scenes at their new London Stadium home that will capture most of the headlines.

For the second year running Romanian side ​Astra Giurgiu ended West Ham's Europa League adventure in the qualifying rounds, and to rub salt in the wounds inflicted their first defeat at the London Stadium.

A goal from 35-year-old former Barnsley and West Brom midfielder Filipe Teixeira secured a 1-0 victory for the team currently 11th in Romanian Liga 1.

It meant a 2-1 aggregate defeat and no place in the group stage for Slaven Bilic's side, who would not even have had to play this play-off match had they beaten Stoke on the final day of last season.

Italy striker Zaza is close to joining from Juventus, with boss Hammers boss Bilic revealing: "I don't know the details, but we were in talks and it was quite close. I would love it to happen."

In the meantime Bilic was left frustrated and angry as the Hammers exited the competition before it had even really begun: "We said before that this was one of most important games for us this year.

"It was like a final that we had to win to go through, so the disappointment is massive.

"I'm angry and frustrated, but I'm also disappointed because we really wanted to go through. That's why we tried so hard last season, to get this opportunity.

"We wanted to play in Europe, we came so close and we wanted to have that experience as a club, a club that is not often in Europe."

While the disappointment on the field was acute for West Ham, these scenes of home supporters fighting each other left a nasty taste, with the Hammers likely to ban the fist thrower in this video once he has been identified.