'Hundreds' of West Ham supporters were able to buy tickets in home sections for their Europa League tie at Bayern Leverkusen, sparking crowd trouble concerns
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'Hundreds' of West Ham supporters were able to buy tickets in home sections for their Europa League tie at Bayern Leverkusen, sparking crowd trouble concerns

Apr 13, 2024
  • West Ham were given an allocation of just 1,790 for the fixture on April 11
  • Hammers fans were able to join Leverkusen’s membership scheme for seats 
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‘Hundreds’ of West Ham United supporters are thought to have bought tickets in home sections for their Europa League clash with Bayer Leverkusen – sparking concerns over crowd trouble.

The Hammers were given an allocation of just 1,790 for the April 11 fixture at the 30,000-capacity BayArena. They were quickly snapped up amid a strong interest in the quarter-final first leg, with the majority going to season ticket holders.

However, tickets went on sale in Germany yesterday, and Mail Sport has learned that ‘hundreds’ of West Ham fans were able to join Leverkusen’s membership scheme and then buy seats in home areas of the ground. 

Some are thought to have paid as little as 15 euros for tickets, with membership costing 35 euros for a year.

‘Word quickly got around and everyone was doing it,’ one fan, who did not want to be named, explained. 

West Ham supporters are thought to have bought home tickets for their Bayern Leverkusen tie

West Ham supporters are thought to have bought home tickets for their Bayern Leverkusen tie

The Hammers were given an allocation of 1,790 for the game at the 30,000-capacity BayArena

The Hammers were given an allocation of 1,790 for the game at the 30,000-capacity BayArena

Mohammed Kudus scored twice in the 5-1 aggregate victory over Freiburg in the last-16

Mohammed Kudus scored twice in the 5-1 aggregate victory over Freiburg in the last-16

‘It was on all the WhatsApp groups. There will have been hundreds.’

The match kicks off at 9pm locally, with the prospect of visiting fans spending all day in the city’s pubs before then sitting in home sections likely to cause a headache for local police.

Any issues at the game could also cause a problem for the Metropolitan Police, with Leverkusen due at the London Stadium for the second leg on the following Thursday.

Bayer Leverkusen have been contacted for comment.

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