David Moyes has pleaded for both West Ham and Olympiakos fans to be on their best behaviour ahead of tonight’s clash.
Despite this being the Hammer’s second European away game this season, it’s the first where travelling fans will be allowed to support their team in the stadium. This comes following a ban for the Freiburg game after a missile struck a Fiorentina player in the head in the Conference League final.
However, it’s not just the Cockneys who have got to be careful as Olympiakos’ last match was abandoned after a firecracker hit an opposition player in the head.
It is fair to assume that there will be a brilliant but hostile atmosphere at a sold-out Karaiskakis stadium, with a win for West Ham all but confirming that they will progress from their group.
While David Moyes is looking forward to the occasion, he warned fans that they must behave. “You want the passion and the atmosphere,” he confirmed to the press, as reported by whufc.com, “but we also want good behaviour from our supporters and Olympiacos supporters.”
“It’s a big game, but it’s important that everyone works together and ends up having a good night.”
“You’re not doing your club any favours if you’re getting stadium bans or your team is getting thrown out of Europe,” he concluded. Maybe he knows something we don’t regarding “getting thrown out of Europe” but either way no one wants the club to be punished due to a few people behaving out of line, so it is vital that everyone stays safe and stays out of trouble.
Our loyal supporters have flocked to Athens in their thousands to watch, what is to be, a brilliant and intense match. These European nights are something every fan dreams of, let’s hope no individuals ruin it for the rest of us.
By Charlie Bass