West Ham are seeking an “urgent clarification” from UEFA after the club suffered sanctions related to their fans’ behavior in the Europa League match with Genk earlier this month.
UEFA referred to “disturbances in the crowd” when explaining their punishment, with flares being thrown on the pitch that are also believed to have contributed.
As a result, the Hammers were fined € 34,500, and fans were also banned from traveling to Rapid Vienna for the group stage later this month.
“The club is urgently seeking clarification from UEFA, especially given the extremely short notice of the sanction, which will affect our supporters who have already bought tickets and made arrangements to travel to Austria for our match at Rapid Vienna in just over a week. ” a club statement read.
“We are surprised to receive these sanctions and disappointed for the fans who have behaved impeccably and supported the team all the time and who will now not be able to travel to the next away match in the Europa League.
“The club has requested full written reasons from UEFA regarding these sanctions and has asked them to expedite our request given that further delays may affect the supporters again.
“The club fully appreciates that supporters will have booked home trips and accommodation in Austria and emphasizes this in our dialogue with UEFA. We will update the supporters as soon as we can with further information.
“Finally, we want to assure the supporters who have already bought one of the 1,700 tickets that sold out our allotment for this match that they will be reimbursed automatically by the club should UEFA determine that the sanctions apply and that they relate to next week’s match in Austria.”
West Ham are quite high up in Group H and have already qualified for the knockout stages of the Europa League.
A victory over Rapid Vienna would guarantee a top place in the group for David Moyes’ men, who can also get there with a draw if Dinamo Zagreb fails to beat Genk next time.