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West Ham blow ahead of showdown against Chelsea - report

By Alex Taylor

West Ham could be fined after failing to provide Chelsea with enough away tickets for their EFL Cup clash on October 26, according to a report.

The Daily Mail claim that the Hammers could incur a financial penalty as rules state away teams have the right to a 10% ticket allocation of a stadiums capacity.

The report says that Chelsea’s request for 5,700 tickets has been turned down by the east London outfit despite the clubs home housing 59,000 supporters.

It is stated that West ham have told their London rivals that they cannot accommodate that many fans in the away end at this time.

The problem is believed to centre around logistical issues with turnstile configurations and toilet facilities.

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The seating complication comes after a string of different issues have marred West Ham’s transition from Upton Park to the Olympic Stadium this summer.

Poor stewarding and fan violence has frustrated West Ham fans since the move with matches against Bournemouth, Watford and Middlesbrough bringing the most trouble.

In order to avoid a fine, the club have applied for special dispensation for the fixture with a decision due to be made at an EFL board meeting next week.

Slaven Bilic’s side currently sit 18th in the table having taken just four points from their first seven matches this season.

In other West Ham news, defender Alex Pike has explained how to deal with the threat of football powerhouse Adebayo Akinfenwa.