BBC journalist: West Ham fans could face Europa League knockout round lockout amid UEFA action
West Ham can launch an appeal against the UEFA punishment dished out to them on Monday evening, according to BBC journalist Simon Stone.
As Stone previously reported, UEFA have fined West Ham £28,817 and banned them from selling tickets to fans for their next Europa League game, an away tie against Rapid Vienna, as a result of “crowd disturbances” in their last European tie in Genk.
The Irons were fined £3,814 for “throwing of objects”.
Writing via his personal Twitter profile, Stone says West Ham can fight the charges, but there are significant consequences if they are unsuccessful.
Stone said: “On this, club can appeal and ask for punishment to be suspended until case heard. That helps out fans with flights already booked but risks no West Ham fans at away leg in first knockout round match they play.”
The Irons are in a tricky situation here.
On the one hand, it may be wise to accept the charges and take no fans to Vienna given the relative insignificance of the game.
The East London side currently top their Europa League group with 10 points from four games and they are on the verge of progressing as group winners.
If they accept the current ruling as it is, then they will be allowed fans for their knockout ties.
However, they could be without away fans if they do contest the charge.
But, while the sensible option may be to accept it, there will also be large numbers of supporters who have already bought tickets and planned their journies for this month’s trip to Vienna.
West Ham are sure to already be in contact with their legal team as they plot their next move.
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