West Ham United could be hit by a £17,000 fine by UEFA.
West Ham are flying right now.
The Hammers have enjoyed a wonderful start to the season. In truth the Hammers have enjoyed a wonderful last 19 months under David Moyes.
Three wins in a week – away at Man United in the Carabao Cup, then Leeds in the Premier League and a 2-0 victory over Rapid Wien in the Europa League last night – have West Ham fans on cloud nine.
West Ham’s first bona fide European home game for 15 years got a touch feisty at the London Stadium between the two sets of fans.
Missiles were thrown between supporters throughout the game once Declan Rice had given West Ham the lead.
After the match David Moyes called on supporters not to engage in such scenes (Mail Online).
And several reports claim sanctions will be on the way from governing body UEFA.
But West Ham should expect no worse than a £17,000 fine from the unpopular European football authority.
That’s after they set a precedent following similar scenes when Leicester took on Napoli at the King Power last month (BBC Sport).
The Foxes were ordered to pay £17,200 (€20,000) and the Italian side £8,600 after supporters from both clubs threw objects at each other towards the end of the 2-2 draw on 16 September.
So West Ham should not expect anything worse than that.
What the Hammers must be mindful of, though, is the view UEFA take of any future trouble at West Ham games in the Europa League.
A repeat of those scenes could potentially lead to more severe sanctions.
And in the extreme that might see West Ham forced to play without fans for a game or two, which is the last thing anyone wants.
Any more than a £17,000 fine from UEFA would be serious double standards. And West Ham would have every right to appeal.