Sparta Prague ultra ‘cowards’ boast after stealing banner from West Ham students

Sparta Prague's ultras have faced the full wrath of supporters on social media after stealing a banner from some West Ham students.

The Hammers' youthful contingent "Durham Cockneys" were snapped proudly displaying their bespoke flag ahead of the Europa Conference League final.

The banner depicted the traditional St. George's cross in claret and blue colours with the logos of West Ham and Durham University Football Supporters in each top corner while at the bottom the phrase "Don't let your degree get in the way of your education" was displayed alongside the common crossed Hammer emoji.

"Durham Cockneys" was also heavily emblazoned across the middle section of the cross but the banner fell into the wrong hands as the Hammers claimed a 2-1 win over Fiorentina.

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Seemingly nabbed by a segment of Sparta Prague Ultras, the hooligan gang from where the European final was held, a photo emerged online of the Czech thugs holding the flag upside down to parade their latest capture. And fans have blasted the cowardly act on Twitter.

"Fair play to Sparta Prague Ultras. Must have been tough to get this flag from Durham’s University Challenge team," jibbed one supporter. "Proves the point that they just go robbing flags off the easiest targets they possibly can, look at the kip of them," added another.

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"Wow. Terrifying bunch. What do they do at weekends? Steal napkins and tablecloths from old ladies?" slammed a third. "Imagine stealing a university flag ffs," joked a fourth. "Keep the flag, we'll take our trophy," harked a fifth. "Thought ultras were supposed to cause havoc and fight? These lot are busy playing capture the f***ing flag," quipped a sixth.

Meanwhile, on the pitch, Jarrod Bowen's 90th-minute winner produced a party atmosphere inside a packed-out Fortuna Arena as West Ham lifted their first major trophy in over four decades. The 2-1 triumph also banks the east Londoners a third successive stint in Europa with David Moyes' men joining Liverpool and Brighton in the Europa League.

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