West Ham fans banned from Europa League game after crowd disturbances

Uefa has banned West Ham supporters from attending their side’s Europa League away tie against Rapid Vienna next week.

West Ham were charged by European football’s governing body after trouble marred their 2-2 draw at Genk on 4 November. Uefa accused the Premier League club’s supporters of crowd disturbances and throwing objects during the match in Belgium.

The charge has been upheld and West Ham, who top Group H after four matches, will not have any supporters with them when they travel to Vienna on 25 November. The London Stadium club have also been fined just under £25,500 (€30,000) for the disturbances and another £3,817 (€4,500) for the throwing of objects.

Uefa said: “The Uefa Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body (CEDB) has announced today the following decision for the group stage match KRC Genk vs West Ham United FC (2:2), played on 4 November in Belgium.

“Charges against West Ham United FC: Crowd disturbances, Art. 16(2)(h) of the Uefa Disciplinary Regulations (DR), throwing of objects, Art. 16(2)(b) DR. Decision: The CEDB has decided: to fine West Ham United FC €30,000 and ban the sale of tickets to its away supporters for the next one (1) Uefa competition match, for crowd disturbances, (and) to fine West Ham United FC €4,500 for throwing of objects.”

Football Supporters Europe tweeted in response: “With 1,700 tickets already sold & travel arrangements made, West Ham fans have been banned from attending the game. Disproportionate. Unacceptable. Time to end collective punishment, Uefa.”

West Ham are in a commanding position in their group with two matches left. They will secure their place in the last 16 if they earn a point in Vienna.

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