David Moyes laid out a very clear message to the West Ham fans when speaking to Football.London.
The Hammers faithful were banned from attending our Europa League clash with Rapid Vienna on Thursday night.
Since then, Austria have gone into full lockdown, so we wouldn’t have been able to go anyway!
That’s beside the point. The fact that at least 150 West Ham fans without tickets rushed the turnstiles in Genk and forced their way inside the stadium isn’t acceptable…if true of course.
David Moyes has clear message for West Ham fans
The Scot is keen for the Hammers to be a club who are respected across the continent.
West Ham will be competing in the latter stages of the Europa League if we can get just a point from our game away in Rapid Vienna on Thursday night.
And Moyes told Football.London what he expects from the traveling West Ham fans in the future:
“I want a new club, I want a fresh club which is going to try and challenge all the teams in Europe and in the Premier League. What I do need is big support behind me everywhere I go. I was really disappointed (after hearing about our ban) because our away support has been brilliant in the Premier League and in Europe. We want to be in Europe and we want people to look forward to West Ham coming to play. I see Premier League teams who are in Europe and in the Champions League every year and I don’t see any trouble coming from their supporters. Whether they travel to Madrid, Paris or wherever, I want to be one of those clubs who does that every season. We have to make sure we’re a club that people want to have and we need the supporters to see that. We have to move on.”
In essence, Moyes’s message is spot on. The problem with his theory, however, is that you will all get the odd bunch of people who are travelling away just to cause trouble.
It happens with every club in world football. Trouble at football matches will never be truly eradicated.
All we can ask is that the majority of our fans represent us in the correct manner.
We also need UEFA to treat each incident on its own merit and to be consistent in their decisions.
They have been very anti-English in the past after all.
Hopefully the majority of West Ham fans will heed Moyes’s message. As mentioned earlier though, there will always be the odd few who will take no notice. It’s a way of life.