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West Ham fans banned for first Europa League away game after Europa Conference League final carnage

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Jun 21, 2023
West Ham fans banned for first Europa League away game after Europa Conference League final carnage

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West Ham fans will be banned from attending their first European away game next campaign as a result of their actions during the Europa Conference League final.

The decision has been made by UEFA to stop Hammers supporters from travelling abroad, while they have also handed the club a hefty fine.

West Ham fans will be banned from next season's first Europa League away game

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West Ham fans will be banned from next season’s first Europa League away game
Fiorentina captain Cristiano Biraghi was struck on the head by an object thrown from Hammers supporters

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Fiorentina captain Cristiano Biraghi was struck on the head by an object thrown from Hammers supportersCredit: Rex
It left him with a nasty head injury, which caused play to be halted in the Europa Conference League final

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It left him with a nasty head injury, which caused play to be halted in the Europa Conference League finalCredit: Getty

A section of West Ham fans threw objects and missiles onto the pitch during the final two weeks ago whenever a Fiorentina player went to take a corner in the first.

That included beer cups and electronic cigarettes, which resulted in Fiorentina captain Cristiano Biraghi being struck by one on the top of the head.

It cut his head open, leaving a nasty gash, that gushed blood and had to be taken care of by medical officers.

After West Ham went on to win the competition through a last-minute Jarrod Bowen goal, UEFA announced that they had opened an investigation.

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And the conclusion has come out that the east London outfit will have their fans banned for the first away game of next season’s Europa League campaign.

A statement from UEFA read: “The control and disciplinary body decided to ban West Ham United FC from selling tickets to away supporters for its next two Uefa competition matches.

“The second of which being suspended for a probationary period of two years as from the date of this decision, for throwing of objects.”

West Ham were also fined £43,000 for the incident, as well as a further £6,900 for a pitch invasion following the full-time whistle in Prague.

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West Ham skipper Rice urged the fans to calm down during the heated final

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West Ham skipper Rice urged the fans to calm down during the heated finalCredit: Getty

It is not known who the Hammers will play in the Europa League yet – a competition they gained entry to courtesy of winning the Europa Conference League.

The last time they were in the tournament, they reached the semi-finals before losing out to eventual winners Eintracht Frankfurt in 2022.

David Moyes will be hoping to take his side one step further and reach the final, though his own future remains in doubt.

Despite winning the Europa Conference League, there have been question marks over whether or not the Scotsman will continue after battling relegation for much of the campaign.

Michael Carrick has been tipped as a potential successor, who came up through the club’s academy and has proved an instant hit at Middlesbrough as a coach.

West Ham went on to win the Europa Conference League

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West Ham went on to win the Europa Conference LeagueCredit: Getty

But Moyes is not the only one who could leave with Declan Rice also looking set to depart.

Arsenal are hot on his tracks as they look to bolster their midfield, but Manchester United and Manchester City are also keen.

However, West Ham are demanding a fee of at least £100million – a figure no club has reached yet.

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