As Stone previously reported, UEFA have fined West Ham £28,817 and banned them from selling tickets to fans for their next Europa League game, an away tie against Rapid Vienna, as a result of “crowd disturbances” in their last European tie in Genk.
The Irons were fined £3,814 for “throwing of objects”.
Stone said: “On this, club can appeal and ask for punishment to be suspended until case heard. That helps out fans with flights already booked but risks no West Ham fans at away leg in first knockout round match they play.”
On the one hand, it may be wise to accept the charges and take no fans to Vienna given the relative insignificance of the game.
The East London side currently top their Europa League group with 10 points from four games and they are on the verge of progressing as group winners.
However, they could be without away fans if they do contest the charge.
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