By West Ham Zone speaking to Frank McAvennie

21st Nov, 2021 | 8:04pm

Frank McAvennie reacts as West Ham hit with UEFA ban on supporters

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Frank McAvennie is unhappy with UEFA’s decision to hit West Ham with a ban on away supporters for Thursday’s trip to face Rapid Vienna in Austria.

As West Ham confirmed via their official website on Monday [15/11/21], the club have also been fined £28,937 for “crowd disturbances” [Independent].

Reacting to the news, ex-Irons forward McAvennie has told UEFA that they have wronged the Hammers.

“To say it’s for the fans fighting, it’s a lot of nonsense,” McAvennie told West Ham Zone.

“They’ve waited for years, they’re not going to ruin it now. Especially when they think they might be challenging every year now. It’s a strange one. I think the authorities have got it wrong.

“It’s a shame for the fans, they get a bad name. I feel for them. There’s a lot of good fans and families that go. That’s what they save for. It’s a shame to tarnish West Ham fans with that brush of troublemaker, and they’re not.”

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It’s a blow for the Irons playing squad who would hope to have their travelling supporters behind them as they seek to clinch top spot in their Europa League group.

But the main concern is for the fans who will be hit in the pocket, while their plans have been torn up.

At least the decision not to appeal the punishment means the supporters will be back in the stands for West Ham’s next away game in the Europa League after next week’s clash with Rapid.

In other West Ham news, the Irons have agreed a fee with an English club over this player who has signed a long-term deal.

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