West Ham still waiting on Uefa explanation of away fan ban for Rapid Vienna trip - but unlikely to appeal

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West Ham continue to await an explanation from UEFA over their last-minute decision to ban supporters from next week's trip to Vienna.

The European governing body announced yesterday that supporters would be banned from next Thursday's game at Rapid Vienna, despite the club having already sold out their 1,700 allocation and fans having long booked travel and accommodation.

The Hammers said on Monday they were "surprised" and "disappointed" by the sanctions, which have been handed down after trouble during West Ham's 2-2 draw at Genk earlier this month.

There was a small amount of trouble inside the ground after clashes between both sets of fans and police outside ahead of kick-off which saw 30 arrests made, while three flares were thrown onto the pitch. West Ham have also been fined €34,500 (£29,000).

West Ham have demanded the written reasons from UEFA, who have accepted that the process could have been carried out quicker.

After reviewing the written reasons, West Ham will decide whether or not to appeal the sanctions.

If there is an appeal, the sanctions will be suspended and therefore could be in place for their first knockout game in the new year - something West Ham are keen to avoid.

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