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West Ham hit with UEFA ticket ban after crowd trouble in Genk tie

West Ham have been banned from selling tickets for their next away match in UEFA competition due to crowd trouble during their Europa League trip to Genk.

The Premier League club have also been fined a total of 34,500 euros (£29,260) following the 2-2 draw in Belgium on November 4. According to a statement from UEFA, the ticket ban and a fine of 30,000 euros (£25,444) were imposed for “crowd disturbances”.

An additional 4,500 euros (£3,816) fine was handed down for the “throwing of objects” by travelling fans.

West Ham are due to travel to Rapid Vienna in the Europa League on November 25.

According to the Hammers’ official website, a full allocation of 1,700 tickets for the visit to the Allianz Stadion in the Austrian capital has already sold out.

West Ham top Europa League Group H, with the draw at Genk’s Luminus Arena earlier this month leaving them with 10 points from a possible 12.

Fan trouble also flared when Rapid Vienna were beaten 2-0 at the London Stadium on October 30. That led to three arrests.

David Moyes’ Hammers, who sit third in the Premier League table ahead of Saturday’s trip to Wolves, complete the group stage of the European competition at home to Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb on December 9.

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West Ham contact Arsenal over striker deal

Meanwhile, West Ham have reportedly made contact with Arsenal over a deal for young forward Eddie Nketiah, as the star seems surplus to requirements in north London.

West Ham have reportedly made contact with Arsenal in order to execute a deal for Nketiah, per London World. That looks to hurt Leeds United’s chances of landing the forward, who was on loan at the West Yorkshire side in 2019.

Leeds’ interest in a transfer was reported last week, as the side’s director of football has been keeping tabs on the 22-year-old.

Despite the interest from Leeds, West Ham have apparently made a direct approach to Arsenal. Michail Antonio is the Hammers’ only recognised striker, and with his recurring injury problems, signing backup would prove useful.

Nketiah could be a decent option; he has somewhat proven himself in the top flight. The youngster has scored five Premier League goals in 38 games.

He has also scored two goals in as many Carabao Cup games this season. That return highlights his ability to step up when called upon.

Despite that, he is yet to be used by Mikel Arteta in the Premier League this season. Indeed, he looks as if he could be heading for the exit door.

Nketiah would reportedly command a fee in the region of £10million.

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