By Nick Ware

17th Nov, 2021 | 12:42pm

Simon Jordan hails Karren Brady after West Ham decide not to appeal UEFA ban

Simon Jordan believes West Ham had no option but to accept their punishment from UEFA after violent scenes in Belgium this month.

Crowd trouble marred their Europa League clash in Genk as the Irons claimed a 2-2 draw on November 4.

UEFA issued a ban on Hammers attending their next Europa League away trip to Rapid Vienna, as well as dishing out a five-figure fine [Guardian].

Jim White claimed via talkSPORT on Wednesday morning [17/11/21] that the East London outfit have decided not to appeal the ruling, leading ex-Crystal Palace owner Jordan to deliver his verdict.

“They can’t defend the indefensible,” Jordan said.

“I suspect, on the back of what happened at Wembley from fans thinking they can stampede a stadium to get in because there were seats available, and then West Ham fans, only 150 fans but notwithstanding 150 fans, doing something that looks and smells something like that, it’s a hot potato and West Ham are looking at it going ‘what’s our argument?’

“It comes on the back of some silly fans behaving with some stupid anti-semitic abuse on a plane and West Ham don’t want it, they’d don’t need it.

“It’s probably sensible decision-making processes from Karren [Brady] and whoever else.”

Long-term view?

West Ham’s decision not to appeal the one-game ban imposed on away supporters is sure to go down like a lead balloon among the Hammers faithful, but have they just made the best of a bad situation?

Had the Irons launched an appeal against their ban and fine, then they risked not having supporters for whichever away trip lies next in the Europe League knock-out round.

There is still work to do in the group stage, but qualification is a formality and one more win will secure top spot in Group H.

Of course, they’d have loved the support of their supporters in Vienna next week, but the team will be confident that they have enough to claim a win and secure their status as group winners.

It will mean that they can go into the knock-out stage and have supporters willing them on home and away.

The Austrian side were swept aside 2-0 in the reverse fixture, managing just one shot on target.

In other West Ham news, this Manchester United-linked player has rejected a contract and announced his Irons exit on Instagram.

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