West Ham fans 'over the moon' as 'massive boost' confirmed by Uefa - pundit
West Ham fans will be “over the moon” to learn that they can follow the club as away fans on their Europa League campaign.
So says ex-Premier League goalkeeper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Uefa confirmed the news on 6 September.
Away supporters have been banned from Uefa competitions for the last 18 months as a result of health concerns arising from the pandemic.
But the ban has not been extended and fans will be able to watch West Ham in action in their first away match against Dinamo Zagreb on 18 September.
The Hammers have not gone beyond the qualifying rounds of a major European competition since 1986.
And Kenny claims that the supporters will be ecstatic that they will be able to watch the historic European campaign in the flesh, both home and away.
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“It will be brilliant for them,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams:
“Those fans that have barely been able to be there over the past two years will be over the moon.
“That’s why you challenge for the league and try and finish as high up as you can. That’s what it’s all about.
“It will be a great experience for them and a massive boost to have European nights at the new stadium.
“It’s a massive achievement for them and I’m sure they’ll all be loving the European away days as well.”
David Moyes side qualified for the Europa League courtesy of a 6th-place finish in the Premier League last term.
As well as Dinamo Zagreb, they will face off against Genk and Rapid Wien in Group H.