By Joe Ellis

4th May, 2022 | 11:33am

West Ham United news: German police foresee 1500 ticketless away fans

West Ham United have a mountain to climb in the Europa League as they head to Germany with a 2-1 deficit to Eintracht Frankfurt.

The Bundesliga side rocked up to the London Stadium last week and surprised many by taking a very early lead before responding to Michail Antonio’s equaliser in rapid fashion.

The return leg in Germany tomorrow is a sell-out but German police expect a lot of ticketless fans to travel from the UK with the hope of negotiating their way into the ground.

They issued a statement today to say that their own policing will be beefed up in anticipation of the British invasion of the city.

“We have a very huge concept for the whole game,” said Thomas Hollerbach, a press liaison at Frankfurt Police Department, as quoted by the Daily Mail.

“This is not only concerning the stadium but also the whole city – especially the inner city.

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“You won’t find a street corner on Thursday where you won’t see police. We want to communicate. We have people there that will be able to speak English and who will be able to take a sense of the mood.

“There are probably going to be 1,500 British fans coming to Frankfurt without having a ticket.”

Be sensible

This is one of the biggest games in the recent history of West Ham United and it is entirely understandable that a lot of fans want to get to Germany to watch the game.

But if you don’t have a ticket to the match, don’t waste your time or money flying to Frankfurt when you can’t get in and watch the game.

The last thing this club needs is to have to remind its own supporters how to behave like decent human beings.

BT Sport are broadcasting the game live in the UK and you will no doubt find countless pubs up and down the country that are showing it live if you don’t have your own subscription to their services.

On what is a massive evening, David Moyes and his players need you to be as passionate as you always are but that’s not to say you can flaunt the law just to watch the tie, we are better than that.

In other West Ham news, the club have reportedly refused to offer this bit-part player the £125,000 per week he is demanding.

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