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West Ham release official statement in response to UEFA sanctions as Hammers fans receive ban for Rapid Vienna
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West Ham release official statement in response to UEFA sanctions as Hammers fans receive ban for Rapid Vienna

West Ham have released an official statement in response to UEFA banning our fans from attending the Europa League game against Rapid Vienna next week.

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The Hammers have been flying in Europe so far this season and we are currently sitting comfortably at the top off Group H.

The feel-good feeling surrounding West Ham at the moment really is carrying us to places we have never been before.

However, it seems as though UEFA are intent on spoiling our fun.

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UEFA is one of the arms of football’s governing body FIFA and the organisation has notoriously been anti-English in the past.

The fact that they decided to ban West Ham fans from traveling to Vienna and imposed a €34,000 fine on to us for our behaviour away in Genk really is ludicrous.

What actually happened in Belgium? There was nothing that we are aware of, that’s for sure. And it seems as though the club are baffled as well.

West Ham release official statement in response to UEFA ban

The Hammers have released an official statement in response to UEFA.

You can read the full statement here via WHUFC.com.

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West Ham state that they are urgently seeking clarification on the matter, especially given the extremely short notice of the sanction by Europe’s governing body.

The club also say that they will refund all fans who have purchased one of the 1700 available tickets for the game, should UEFA uphold the ban.

Hotels, flights and other forms of transport will most likely be non-refundable, however.

The fact that the West Ham fans could be left out of pocket really is a joke.

But it’s nothing unexpected from UEFA. They’re up to their old tricks once again.

And this time it’s West Ham who have borne the brunt of it.

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It will be interesting to see UEFA’s response to West Ham’s questions regarding the matter. And if they say about us letting off fireworks during the Genk game, we suggest they take a look at the Borussia Dortmund vs Ajax game.

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