Declan Rice slams ‘laughable’ UEFA decision to ban West Ham fans from their Europa League clash with Rapid Vienna in Austria next week following crowd trouble and the throwing of objects during their draw with Genk
- UEFA ban West Ham fans from attending their next European away game
- It follows disturbances and the throwing of objects during game against Genk
- The Hammers travel to Rapid Vienna in the Europa League on November 25
Declan Rice has slammed UEFA’s decision to ban West Ham fans from attending the club’s next away game in the Europa League as ‘laughable’.
UEFA charged the Hammers following their game against Genk on November 4.
They accused travelling West Ham supporters of crowd disturbances and the throwing of objects during their match in Belgium.
West Ham were charged following crowd disturbances during the Europa League tie at Genk
Declan Rice was furious with UEFA’s verdict and described the decision as ‘laughable’
The West Ham midfielder questioned why Rapid Vienna had not been punished for alleged similar offences in the reverse game
Those charges were upheld by UEFA on Monday.
In a statement, UEFA said ‘The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body (CEDB) has announced today the following decision for the group stage match KRC Genk vs. West Ham United FC (2:2), played on November 4 in Belgium.
‘Charges against West Ham United FC: Crowd disturbances, Art. 16(2)(h) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations (DR), throwing of objects, Art. 16(2)(b) DR. Decision: The CEDB has decided: to fine West Ham United FC €30,000 and ban the sale of tickets to its away supporters for the next one (1) UEFA competition match, for crowd disturbances, (and) to fine West Ham United FC €4,500 for throwing of objects.’
Rice was left furious by the decision and questioned why the Austrian club’s fans had not been given a similar punishment for their alleged behaviour at the London Stadium on September 30.
UEFA accused travelling supporters of throwing objects during the match earlier this month
The England midfielder, in a now deleted tweet, wrote: ‘Laughable this is. Gutted for our fans that now won’t be able to make the trip!
‘Did Rapid Vienna get fined or a ban of tickets for there “crowd disturbances” at our stadium? Nope.’
West Ham travel to Rapid Vienna in the Europa League on November 25.
David Moyes’ side are top of Group H with 10 points from four games and are six ahead of third-placed Genk.
They require a draw in Vienna to reach the knockout stages.