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West Ham Feel Undervalued by UEFA’s Europa League Final Contingency Plans

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West Ham and it’s European journey has been a rollercoaster of emotions. The euphoria of winning the Europa Conference League last summer has been tempered by recent decisions from UEFA that have left the club and its fans feeling disrespected.

A History of Disrespect: From Ticket Allocation to Final Contingency Plans

The allocation of a mere 6,000 tickets for the Conference League final in a tiny stadium felt like a slap in the face to the thousands who had loyally followed the team throughout the competition. Now, UEFA’s reported contingency plans for the upcoming Europa League final have reignited the flames of discontent.

According to Sky Sports, UEFA is reportedly making special arrangements for a potential Liverpool vs Rangers final in Dublin. This includes reserving the much larger Croke Park as a public viewing venue. The management seemingly anticipates a massive influx of fans for these specific teams.

While acknowledging Liverpool’s established European presence, West Ham fans find it baffling that Rangers, currently trailing in their aggregate score, would be prioritized over a club that demonstrably has a strong traveling support.

Fans Feels Ignored: “Claret and Blue Invasion” Deserves Recognition

Passionate fanbase of West Ham is a point of pride. Nearly 30,000 traveled to Prague for the Conference League final despite the paltry number of tickets available. This kind of dedication deserves recognition from UEFA. Envision a “claret and blue invasion” of Dublin if the Hammers manage to overcome Freiburg in the last 16.

The feeling amongst fans is that UEFA has already discounted their chances, despite their recent European success. The upcoming match against Freiburg becomes even more crucial. It’s not just for reaching the final, but for proving their worth on the continental stage. A victory would be a statement, not just to their opponents, but to UEFA itself.

Beyond West Ham: A Question of Equality in European Football

Beyond this immediate situation, West Ham’s experience raises wider questions about equality in European football. Should UEFA prioritize the supposed prestige of established clubs over the passionate support of those clawing their way up the ranks?

West Ham’s Europa League campaign is far from over. David Moyes’ men have a tough test against Freiburg, but if they can overcome it, they have a chance to not only reach the final but to force UEFA to acknowledge their growing stature in European football.
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