West Ham fans banned from Europe as UEFA come down hard on Hammers

West Ham United fans have been banned from attending the club’s next Europa League match against Rapid Wien at the end of the month. The Hammers have also been fined £29,305 in relation to crowd disturbances throughout their last outing in the competition.

A number of West Ham fans were reportedly ejected from the stadium during their 2-2 draw at Genk earlier this month after clashing with home supporters.

A brace from Said Benrahma put the visitors ahead before Tomas Soucek’s late own goal saw David Moyes’ side drop two points.

However, the match was marred by a few moments of trouble involving both sets of fans, who were spotted fighting with each other in the stands.

UEFA’s Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body has since announced that the club will face a number of unwelcome sanctions as a result.

West Ham were formally charged with crowd disturbances and throwing objects from the stands after the final whistle.

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They have now been hit with a £25,448 fine in relation to the former offence and will be forced to make a separate payment of £3,817 for the latter.

Hammers fans will also be prevented from buying tickets to watch their team in action against Rapid Wien in their penultimate group stage match on November 25.

West Ham were previously fined £50,000 after crowd trouble in their Europa League victory over Wien at the London Stadium earlier in the campaign.

The visitors were also given the same punishment and ordered by UEFA to play one match without away supporters in the competition.


Meanwhile, it remains to be seen whether West Ham can seal an impressive double over the Austrian heavyweights later this month in the absence of their travelling fans.

They will qualify for the knockout stages of the Europa League by taking a single point from the match after winning three and drawing one of their four group stage matches.

The Hammers currently sit at the top of Group H, four points ahead of second-placed Dinamo Zagreb and six clear of Genk in third.

Former England midfielder Joe Cole previously suggested that West Ham are in with a serious chance of winning the Europa League this season, with the 40-year-old picking out six players who will be crucial in shaping their fortunes in the competition.


“Villarreal won the Europa League last season, but Villarreal are not better than West Ham,” said Cole at the beginning of the campaign.

“Michail Antonio walks into their team. So does Declan Rice, Tomas Soucek, Pablo Fornals, Angelo Ogbonna and Kurt Zouma.

“If Villarreal can win the Europa League, then so too can West Ham.”

The Hammers will return to Premier League action following the international break against Wolves on Saturday before travelling to Vienna five days later.

source: express.co.uk