West Ham seeking ‘urgent clarification’ from Uefa after away fans banned from Rapid Vienna clash

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West Ham say they are “urgently seeking clarification” from Uefa after away supporters were banned from next week’s Europa League trip to Rapid Vienna.

On Monday, European football’s governing body announced the punishment, along with a €34,500 fine, as a result of crowd trouble during this month’s meeting with Genk in the same competition.

News of the sanction comes just ten days before the fixture, with the Hammers having already sold out their away allocation and though the club have confirmed supporters will receive a refund should the ban be upheld, many will have booked travel and accommodation for the trip.

A West Ham statement said: “The Club are urgently seeking clarification from UEFA, particularly given the extremely short notice of the sanction, which will impact our supporters who have already bought tickets and made arrangements to travel to Austria our match at Rapid Vienna in just over a week.

“We are surprised to receive these sanctions and disappointed for the fans who have behaved impeccably and supported the team throughout and will now be unable to travel to the next away Europa League fixture.

“The Club has requested the full written reasons from UEFA regarding these sanctions and have asked them to expedite our request given that further delay could impact supporters once again.

“The Club fully appreciates that supporters will have booked return travel and accommodation in Austria and are stressing this in our dialogue with UEFA. We will update supporters as soon as we are able to with further information.

“Finally, we would like to assure those supporters who have already purchased one of the 1,700 tickets that sold out our allocation for this game that they will be automatically refunded by the Club should UEFA rule the sanctions stand and that they relate to next week’s match in Austria.”

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