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West Ham Accepted UEFA’s Sanctions Due to Rogue Hammers Fans

West Ham Accepted UEFA’s Sanctions Due to Rogue Hammers Fans

West Ham have made peace with UEFA’s penalty after a number of fans disrupted their Europa League match against Genk. After UEFA banned West Ham’s fans from the Rapid Vienna match and fined the club €34,500 in total (the football news), West Ham accepted UEFA’s sanctions due to rogue Hammers fans disrupting the game.

During West Ham’s final European match away to Genk on November 4, which ended 2-2, a handful of travelling fans without tickets caused disruptions and entered the stadium.

The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body, fined the club €34,500 as they charged West Ham under Article 16(2)(h). The UEFA Disciplinary Regulations slap those for crowd disturbances and they also used Article 16(2)(b) for away fans hurling objects.

Now, traveling Hammers fans cannot watch club’s next Europa League match against Rapid Vienna live, in person from the stadium.

Thus, the Hammers will now have to play in Vienna on November 25 without any of their fans in attendance.

West Ham Accepted UEFA’s Sanctions Due to Rogue Hammers Fans

West Ham have issued their acknowledgment that they have accepted UEFA’s sanctions prohibiting club supporters from attending an away game.

The club will even offer refunds to fans who already bought tickets for the game, before this ruling from UEFA. Finally, West Ham have also encouraged fans not to travel to Austria.

A club statement read: “Despite the club’s robust processes around our own security and operations in support of our ticketed fans who travelled to Genk, evidence has been presented to confirm that a small number of ticketless individuals caused disturbances and illegally gained entrance to Genk’s stadium.

“West Ham United condemn the behaviour of this group of individuals and we are working to identify them following their actions, which have now ultimately led to our supporters – the vast majority of whom behaved impeccably in Belgium – being punished and resulting in David Moyes’ team being forced to play in Austria without the backing of the club’s fans, whose loyal and passionate support has spurred the Hammers on during an unbeaten opening four games of the Europa League adventure so far.

“While the club accepts the sanctions, we also wish to place on record our disappointment at the extremely short notice of the measures, which were received eleven days after the fixture in Genk and just over a week ahead of the match against Rapid Vienna which has limited our options significantly and has sadly impacted supporters who have booked return travel and accommodation in Austria.

“The club has had to consider these supporters and the impact on them both for this fixture and future fixtures if this process was subject to further delays.”

West Ham have gone unbeaten in their opening four Europa League games, sitting atop the group with ten points. Now, they only need to surpass Dinamo Zagreb’s result against Genk to qualify for the knockout stages.

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