Declan Rice fumes with 'laughable' Uefa decision to ban West Ham fans for Rapid Vienna before tweet is deleted

WEST HAM midfielder Declan Rice hit out at Uefa in a now-deleted tweet after the club's fans were banned from attending their away clash against Rapid Vienna.

The Hammers were also slapped with a £29,000 fine by Europe's governing body due to 'crowd disturbances' in their Europa League trip to Genk earlier this month.

Uefa have banned the East London outfit from selling tickets for their clash in Austria on November 25.

Commenting on Uefa's decision, Rice fumed that the punishment is harsh and unfair as he questioned why Vienna fans went unpunished for their actions at the London stadium.

The visiting supporters stormed the home end after Rice broke the deadlock, resulting in both sets of fans throwing missiles and bottles or urine at each other.

Though Vienna were slapped with a ban by Uefa, with their fans unable to attend the clash against Croatian outfit Dinamo Zagreb on November 4.

In a now-deleted tweet, Rice, 22, posted: "Laughable this is.

"Gutted for our fans that now won't be able to make the trip!


"Did Rapid Vienna get fined or a ban of tickets for there (sic) 'crowd disturbances' at our stadium? Nope."

After three minutes, his tweet was swiftly removed, but not before Hammers fans took to social media to praise his reaction.

One said: "Well done Declan Rice for speaking out and standing up for the fans."

Another user remarked: "Shame footballers have to delete tweets that's actually on there (sic) mind. Especially when it's the truth! Fair play lad but keep it up!"

A third added: "We see you Deccers. Lasted 3 mins and club told him to delete it. Love you Declan Rice."

Meanwhile one stated: "Declan Rice, I salute you."

This fan simply messaged: "My captain."

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