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

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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 at some of their previous outings 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 this season’s Europa League by taking a point from the match after winning three and drawing one of 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.


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