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West Ham prepare to prevent Romanian fans from entering the home end for tonight’s Europa Conference League game
West Ham are preparing measures to prevent rowdy Romanian fans from entering the home side for tonight’s Europa Conference League clash… with Steaua Bucharest claiming 10,000 will be at the London Stadium – despite an allocation of just 3,250
- The Hammers take on FC Steaua Bucharest in their opening group stage match
- FCSB chairman George Becali has claimed there will be 10,000 fans in London
- The Romanian club only has a ticket allocation for 3,125 supporters on Thursday
- Amid fears that thousands might find their way home, Sports post understands that West Ham has put in place a series of measures to prevent this
West Ham is on high alert to prevent up to 7,000 rowdy away fans from entering the home side for Thursday’s European game.
The Premier League squad will host Romanian outfit Steaua Bucharest at the London Stadium on Thursday evening in their Europa Conference League group stage opener.
And amid claims by FCSB chairman Gigi Becali that 10,000 will rise despite a ticket allotment of 3,125 – raising fears that fans could infiltrate opposition sections and sit amongst Hammers supporters – Sports post understands that West Ham has put in place a series of measures to prevent this.
Their prevention techniques include that seating on the home side is limited to supporters with a previous booking history, and no tickets will be made available to customers from Romania, even if they have a previous booking history.
FCSB fans attempting to enter the home side will not be allowed in and if fans are spotted inside they will be ejected immediately.
Becali said: ‘I think there will be over 10,000 Romanians at West Ham. There were long lines for tickets today.’
West Ham face the prospect of 7,000 away fans on their end for Thursday’s European clash
FCSB president Gigi Becali claimed 10,000 will rise despite 3,125 ticket allocation
Steaua announced Wednesday night that they had sold out the entire allotment of 3,125, which is the maximum number of tickets West Ham could offer the visitors.
On Wednesday, thousands of FCSB fans flocked to the Hammers’ grounds in an attempt to pick up a ticket. They started queuing from about 9am BST – over eight hours before the ticket shop opened at 5pm.
At the time, the queue was huge, with social media footage showing fans meandering 300-400 meters through the stadium.
The delay was reportedly due to uncertainty over how the tickets should be sold, with the conclusion that each fan could purchase two tickets each.
Social media videos showed thousands of fans queuing remotely to get tickets on Wednesday
Fans queued from about 9am, more than eight hours before the ticket shop opened after 5pm
The London Stadium in Stratford, designed for the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games, has a seating capacity of 62,500.
Last season, German fans flocked to the stadium in the run-up to West Ham’s Europa League semi-final with Eintracht Frankfurt, accompanied by police.
There was a row over tickets after a threat from West Ham to ban any supporter who sold their seat to an away fan after an estimated 30,000 Frankfurt supporters flocked to the Nou Camp for their quarter-final draw with Barcelona.
The Bundesliga side may not have been able to bring as much as that to East London, but they came in large numbers to create a huge atmosphere with the Hammers.
Eintracht Frankfurt flocked to the London Stadium for the semi-final draw
Bundesliga fans were escorted to West Ham by police before the game