Following the disturbances caused by several fans in the Europa League battle against Genk, West Ham have decided to accept UEFA’s sanctions.
announced that they have accepted the sanctions imposed by UEFA, preventing the fans from attending their nextEuropa League
match againstRapid Vienna
Several traveling supporters without tickets entered the stadium when West Ham were facing Genk in a clash that ended in a 2-2 draw.
The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body fined the club for €34,500, charging them under Article 16(2)(h) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations regarding the crowd disturbances and Article 16(2)(b) due to objects being thrown by the opposite fans.
The Hammers are now going to lock horns with Vienna behind closed doors. They are enjoying a run of four unbeaten Europa League games, leading their group with 10 points.
For the fans who have purchased tickets, the club are offering refunds.
A club statement read:
"Despite the club's robust processes around our own security and operations in support of our ticketed fans who travelled to Genk, evidence has been presented to confirm that a small number of ticketless individuals caused disturbances and illegally gained entrance to Genk's stadium.
"West Ham United condemn the behaviour of this group of individuals and we are working to identify them following their actions, which have now ultimately led to our supporters – the vast majority of whom behaved impeccably in Belgium – being punished and resulting in David Moyes' team being forced to play in Austria without the backing of the club's fans, whose loyal and passionate support has spurred the Hammers on during an unbeaten opening four games of the Europa League adventure so far.
"While the club accepts the sanctions, we also wish to place on record our disappointment at the extremely short notice of the measures, which were received eleven days after the fixture in Genk and just over a week ahead of the match against Rapid Vienna which has limited our options significantly, and has sadly impacted supporters who have booked return travel and accommodation in Austria.
"The club has had to consider these supporters and the impact on them both for this fixture and future fixtures if this process was subject to further delays."
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