West Ham confident of averting Barcelona ticket disaster for Frankfurt clash


is Ham are confident that no Eintracht Frankfurt fans will enter the London stadium for their Europa League clash next week, after an estimated 30,000 German supporters took over the Camp Nou.

Although away fans were only allocated 5,000 tickets, thousands more Frankfurt supporters secured seats to watch their side sensationally stun Barcelona in Spain last week.

The Bundesliga side secured a shock 3-2 win to seal a 4-3 aggregate triumph and secure a Europa League semi-final with West Ham, who beat Lyon.

Barcelona president Joan Laporta said he was “embarrassed and ashamed” about the incident and manager Xavi said they felt “robbed in their own home”.

West Ham are confident the right security arrangements will be in place when they take on Frankfurt in the first leg next Thursday.

Around 30,000 Frankfurt fans were inside Camp Nou for their shock win over Barcelona

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The club expects most home tickets to sell out to season ticket holders and the game is not expected to go on general sale, preventing Frankfurt fans from buying home tickets.

There is potential for trouble around the fixture after West Ham and Frankfurt fans clashed when their sides played in the round of 16 at Sevilla in the same week last month.

Frankfurt played Real Betis in the Spanish city a night before West Ham lost 1-0 to Sevilla. After the Frankfurt match, a number of German supporters targeted West Ham supporters in a bar, with bottles thrown before police intervened and fired rubber bullets.

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