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Eintracht Frankfurt fans unfurled giant banner mocking the calling card of West Ham's famous ICF

Eintracht Frankfurt fans unfurled a giant banner mocking the calling card of West Ham’s famous ICF after the final whistle.

The Hammers were beaten 3-1 on aggregate by the Germans in a game ruined by the sending off of Aaron Cresswell after just 18 minutes.

Frankfurt’s fans were hailed by the media and sycophantic commentary team covering the semi-final.

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But the gushing praise of the Bundesliga side’s “ultras” glossed over some absolutely disgraceful behaviour.

West Ham fans were ambushed and attacked by Frankfurt ultras in the build up to the game – as they were when the two clubs were in Spain to face Sevilla and Real Betis respectively earlier in the competition.

The home fans let off flares, pyrotechnics and even dismantled rows of seats in their own ground mid-game.

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They unfurled banners mocking West Ham and rained cups and objects down on Hammers players when they went to take corners.

Then came a disgraceful pitch invasion at the end which seemed orchestrated.

And the Frankfurt fans showed a complete lack of class as they ran over to the West Ham supporters to goad them.

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The pièce de résistance of the German goading came at the final whistle, though.

That’s when Eintracht Frankfurt fans unfurled a giant banner mocking the calling card of West Ham’s famous ICF.

Unfortunately West Ham’s hooligan history will always make them a scalp to target in Europe.

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No football club has had more books written or films made about its hooligan element – the Inter City Firm – than West Ham United. The movie Green Street, starring Elijah Wood, being the most internationally recognised.

Hailed as the most feared and undefeated hooligan element in Britain for decades, West Ham’s ICF – synonymous with the likes of Cass Pennant (above) and Bill Gardner – became part of football folklore.

The ICF also pioneered calling cards that were left on rival hooligan fans which read “Congratulations, you have just met the ICF (West Ham United).”

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And Frankfurt fans unfurled a giant banner at the full-time whistle in the shape of a calling card saying: “Congratulations you have just meet the S.G.E.”

The home fans clearly went to a lot of trouble to antagonise West Ham.

We’ll all be supporting Rangers in the final that’s for sure.

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