West Ham handed £50,500 fine by UEFA
West Ham have been handed a hefty fine of €60,000 (£50,500) by UEFA today following crowd trouble during their Europa League clash against Rapid Vienna.
According to reports from Football.London, Vienna have also been fined a similar amount, plus a one-match ban for their supporters at their next away UEFA Europa League match.
The Hammers won 2-0 against the Austrians last month, but the match was marred by ugly scenes in the stadium with both sets of supporters were seen throwing objects at one another.
The away fans also clashed with local police during and after the game.
David Moyes criticised the behaviour of the fans who threw open bottles of urine at one another during the clashes.
Two people were arrested during the game for assaulting a police office officer. Another arrest was made after a fan was found carrying an offensive weapon.
West Ham will need to pay the amount within 90 days and they could face severe punishment if further any such incident takes place.
Gone are the days of football hooliganism, and fans should behave properly and enjoy the game.
There are exciting times for the West Ham fans, as they get to travel to various parts of Europe to see their team in action in European competitions.
West Ham are playing good football and the fans should enjoy the game. Such incidents leave a bad impression on the governing body, and it’s harmful to the club’s growing PR value.
Meanwhile, the Hammers should be looking to make it three wins in a row in the competition as they face Genk away from home.
In other West Ham news, Jack Wilshere has predicted major Hammers exit, but reckons one goal would stop it.