Jim White: West Ham will not appeal UEFA ban
West Ham have decided not to challenge the ban dished down to them by UEFA this week, according to broadcaster Jim White.
Speaking via talkSPORT on Wednesday morning [17/11/21], White said: “The news this morning is we understand West Ham will not appeal the ban on their away fans for the trip to Rapid Vienna next week.
“The reason for that is we understand this relates to West Ham recognising that up to 150 ticketless West Ham fans stormed the turnstiles over there [against Genk in Belgium] and the club feels they have next to no defence against the charge they have against them.”
This will cause a lot of issues for thousands of Hammers who have made plans to travel to Austria next week in order to see their beloved Irons in the Europa League.
Many will have made their plans a long time ago and this will cause big problems – some will have booked time off work, spent a lot of money and made a number of arrangements in order to watch their team try and secure top spot in their Europa League group.
As it is, the selfishness of a few hundred or so in Belgium has ruined it for the majority.
The East London club’s hierarchy obviously feel they have no real basis to appeal the decision, otherwise, they surely would have done so in order to help out their own supporters.
Whether the club will try to help out those fans unfairly affected now, remains to be seen.
In other West Ham news, David Gold has been left stunned by what he has seen online from this Irons player online.