UEFA has dangled a huge carrot to the likes of West Ham and their fellow Europa League sides after a big announcement.
West Ham can sit back and relax tomorrow night as they watch some high class clubs battle it out for the right to face them in the Europa League last 16.
The last 32 ties, which pit the eight clubs dropping out of the Champions League against those who finished second in the Europa League group stages, take place over two-legs this Thursday evening and next.
West Ham will then get the long awaited answer to the question of who they will face in the last 16 when the draw is made by UEFA next Friday.
The Hammers are still fighting on three fronts this season.
David Moyes’s side are firmly ensconced in the battle for the European places, are still in the FA Cup and are just three ties away from the Europa League final in Seville.
West Ham remain one of the favourites to win the Europa League, which would be rewarded with automatic qualification for next season’s Champions League.
It would be a dream day out for West Ham fans if their side could make it to the final in May.
And this week UEFA dangled a huge carrot to West Ham and co after a big announcement that they would be giving away thousands of free tickets to Hammers fans should Moyes’s boys make the Europa League final.
UEFA dangle huge carrot to West Ham and co after big announcement ahead of knockout stage
Sevilla’s Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium has a capacity of 44,000 and UEFA has committed to giving away 8,000 of the Europa League final tickets to fans of the two sides competing for the trophy.
UEFA has confirmed that will be a 50-50 split meaning 4,000 West Ham fans will attend the showpiece free of charge should we make it.
And UEFA has warned West Ham and other participating clubs that the tickets MUST go to their most loyal supporters and not sponsors, partners or club officials.
“To reward fans for their support of European football during the COVID crisis, UEFA will provide thousands of tickets free of charge to this season’s club competition finals.” UEFA said on its official Twitter account.
“(There will be) 10,000 UCLfinal tickets, 8,000 UELfinal tickets, 6,000 UECLfinal tickets, 6,000 UWCLfinal tickets.
“The allocation of free final tickets will be split 50:50 between participating clubs, who will be able to use these tickets only to reward their most loyal supporters – they cannot be given to sponsors, partners or club officials.”