2,000 Ajax fans plan to watch Leyton Orient vs Brighton U21 after being banned from Chelsea

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Chelsea host Ajax in the Champions League on November 5, but the fixture will be played in front of less fans than usual. 

On Friday, UEFA confirmed they have banned the Dutch club from bringing any away supporters with them. 

After crowd trouble during a Champions League game against Benfica last season, European football’s governing body handed Ajax a suspended sentence. 

However, their fans re-offended again earlier in October during the 3-0 win away to Valencia. In response, UEFA slapped the club with a fine and a ban on travelling fans for the Chelsea clash.

It's far from ideal for Ajax to be playing in front of no away supporters, but spare a thought for those who had already arranged travel and accommodation to come to London for the big fixture. 

According to The Sun, over 2000 were willing to make the trip and apparently, none of them are planning to pull out now. 

They will still come to the capital to watch football - but it won't be at Stamford Bridge. 

Instead, Ajax's raucous fans plan to attend a different fixture, Leyton Orient vs Brighton U21s in the Football League trophy. 

Ajax fans still plan to come to London

"Dear @leytonorientfc. Are you willing to host 2,000 Ajax fans?" one Ajax fan wrote on Twitter.

"We are systematically and unlawfully screwed by @UEFA and @metpoliceuk. Lots of us booked transport and hotels already and will travel.

"You might risk a great atmosphere and memories forever. Kind regards."  

So, Ajax supporters won't be at Stamford Bridge to cheer on their team, but it seems they want to create a memorable night at Brisbane Road instead. 

The ban has come at very short notice and no doubt causes a massive inconvenience for those who arranged travel, but this offer to Orient shows just how class Ajax supporters are. 

Although, stewards at the stadium will have to be on the lookout for a few more flares than usual. 

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