There will be no West Ham fans present in their Europa League clash against Rapid Vienna in Austria after the club decided not to appeal a ban imposed on them by UEFA.
UEFA has ruled that West Ham is not allowed to sell tickets to supporters for their away game on November 25 following crowd disturbances during their last European outing against Genk.
European football governing body also fined West Ham € 30,000 [around £25,444] for “crowd disturbances” as well as a supplement of € 4,500 [around £3,816] fine for “throwing objects” by traveling fans.
talkSPORT understands that up to 150 ticketless West Ham fans managed to storm the turnstiles during the game in Belgium.
According to the official Hammers website, a full allocation of 1,700 tickets for the visit to the Allianz Stadion in the Austrian capital had already been exhausted.
The east London club questioned the UEFA decision on Monday, however, talkSPORT understands that they have now changed their position and will accept the charge as there is “almost no defense”.
“UEFA has decided to ban West Ham fans from attending the Europa League game at Rapid Vienna next week – this was due to fan disruption in the previous game against Genk,” explained the talkSPORT host Jim White.
“At the time, David Moyes was a bit disturbed by this because he had reputedly said that they didn’t want it anymore.
“Now, due to the fan disruption in Belgium for the game against Genk, UEFA has not said anything more and no West Ham fans in the next matches at Rapid Vienna. So no West Ham fan can be there.
“The big question was whether West Ham as a club would appeal this decision. We understand that West Ham will not appeal the UEFA ban on away supporters on the trip to Rapid Vienna.
“The reason is we understand this is about West Ham recognizing that up to 150 ticketless West Ham fans have stormed the turnstiles there.
“The club feel they have virtually no defense against the charge that has been brought against him.”
However, the Standard Evening suggested that a decision may have been made to avoid a possible ticket ban for the Hammers’ travel outside in the knockout stage.
West Ham lead Europa League Group H, with the draw at Luminus Arena in Genk earlier this month, leaving them ten out of a possible 12 points.
Fan problems also erupted when Rapid Vienna were beaten 2-0 at London Stadium on October 30, resulting in three arrests.
David Moyes’ Hammers, who sit third in the Premier League table ahead of Saturday’s trip to Wolves, finish the group stage of the European home competition against Croatian club Dinamo Zagreb on December 9.
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