Officially there will be 2,816 supporters of western hamThursday (9pm) at Parc OL, in the car park reserved for them, for the second leg of the quarterfinals of call europe. But as predicted popular fervor deployed last week at the London Stadium (60,000 seats sold in four days, a record time for the English club), are much more numerous than to want to attend this European match in Décines, where the fans should be around 55,000 spectators, like the last month against Porto.
As of April 7, the day of the first leg (1-1) in London, the Rhône prefecture published an order prohibiting access to OL Park and its surroundings, on Thursday April 14 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., “at anyone claiming to be a West Ham fan and not in possession of a ticket purchased at the West Ham club.” This prefectural decree mentions the risk of seeing “between 1,000 and 3,000 Englishmen traveling to Lyon to support their team and attend the match without a ticket, or in possession of tickets other than those sold by the West Ham club.
Tickets will be put back on sale by OL
“English fans outside official trips will be handed over to the police in case of non-compliance with the prefectural decree,” announces Xavier Pierrot, OL deputy general manager in charge of the stadium. ol says 20 minutes have taken the problem head-on as over a thousand Hammers fans have just had the tickets they bought for the game canceled in the past few days. “These will be put up for sale again,” announces the Lyon club, which has thus found a way to identify that many tickets had not been purchased by the followers of Anthony Lopes and his partners.
an episode to remember the mail received de OL, in November 2018, by Saint-Etienne supporters who planned to attend the Décines derby despite a similar decree from the prefecture: “Given that your email address contains elements suggesting that you support AS Saint-Etiennewe inform you that all tickets purchased by this customer account have been canceled and that you will be refunded as soon as possible.” So, have email@example.com emails betrayed West Ham fans?