Yes, you read that headline correctly, it has been revealed that around 2,000 Ajax fans are planning on attending Leyton Orient’s EFL Trophy match against Brighton U21s.
Why you ask? Well it comes after the club from the Netherlands were prohibited from having away supporters at their Champions League clash at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge on the 5th of November.
You can't keep Ajax fans away from football ❌❌❌ pic.twitter.com/5iUOcLI1M7
— B/R Football (@brfootball) October 18, 2019
Chelsea initially reduced Ajax’s away allocation to 833 fans, UEFA however announced on Thursday that the the Dutch side will not be allowed to have any travelling fans inside the ground.
Ajax were handed a suspended sentence by the European governing body for their supporters’ behaviour against Benfica in last season’s Champions League along with trouble away at Valencia in September.
A statement from Ajax read: “UEFA has ruled on the events with Ajax supporters at Valencia-Ajax and the suspended sentence imposed after Benfica-Ajax last season. The biggest sanction is that Chelsea – Ajax will be played on November 5 (9 p.m.) without fans.”
We know how diehard some fans of abroad clubs can be and the loyal lot of Ajax who had already paid the booking and accommodation have decided to still come over and watch a match at Leyton Orient’s Brisbane Road when they face Brighton’s youngsters.
This is amazing. Ajax fans banned from attending Chelsea away game in Champions League. But 2,000 fans have already booked trip/accommodation. So now all 2,000 are going to the other game in London that night – Leyton Orient v Brighton Under-21 in the EFL Trophy. https://t.co/J1vloe0WkL
— Colin Millar (@Millar_Colin) October 18, 2019
Judging by the viral reaction to the fans’ plans, it would be very surprising if Leyton Orient chose not to allow them in – take a look at those tweets on the next page.