West Ham’s Europa Conference League opponents Viborg lose two players due to post-Brexit visa rules

West Ham Brexit boost! Europa Conference League opponents Viborg will be without TWO players for Thursday’s first leg in London because new rules for non-EU citizens meant they could not get visas in time.

  • West Ham are set to face Danish club Viborg in the UEFA Europa Conference League
  • The first leg of the play-off round will be played at the London Stadium on Thursday
  • Viborg was unable to obtain visas for two of its players under the new rules
  • Nigerian winger Ibrahim Said and Gambian striker Alassana Jatta miss the trip
  • The club said post-Brexit visa rules for non-EU citizens did not allow enough time

Danish club Viborg will be without two players for Thursday’s Europa Conference League game against West Ham after post-Brexit rules prevented them from getting visas to come to London.

Nigerian winger Ibrahim Said and Gambian striker Alassana Jatta will not feature at the London Stadium due to entry rules for non-EU citizens.

Said, 20, has started the majority of Viborg’s games so far this season and would have likely started for the Superligaen side on Thursday night.

Jatta, 23, has made just two substitute appearances so far this campaign but came off the bench in their third qualifying round second leg against B36 Torshavn and scored in a 2- 1.

A statement from Viborg said: “We are extremely sorry that we were unable to obtain visas for the two players.

Striker Alassana Jatta was also unable to obtain a visa due to post-Brexit visa rules

Viborg players Ibrahim Said (left) and Alassana Jatta (right) will miss Thursday’s Europa Conference League play-off first leg against West Ham as they were unable to obtain visas

Viborg players celebrate their victory against Lithuanian team Suduva in a previous qualifying game

Viborg players celebrate their victory against Lithuanian team Suduva in a previous qualifying game

“We have tried everything and have been in close contact with DBU [Danish Football Association]UEFA, the two embassies and another foreign club which has been in a similar situation, but unfortunately this turned out to be impossible, as there is a processing time of several weeks and the match was finally decided only ‘A week ago.

Viborg sporting director Esper Fredberg said: “It’s very unfortunate on a purely sporting level, as both players would have played a part in the game, but even more unfortunate on a purely human level, that both miss out. the great experience.”

The first leg of the play-off round will be played at the London Stadium on Thursday

The first leg of the play-off round will be played at the London Stadium on Thursday

Declan Rice reacts during West Ham's loss to Nottingham Forest in the league on Sunday

Declan Rice reacts during West Ham’s loss to Nottingham Forest in the league on Sunday

The two sides will battle it out for a place in the Conference League group stages with the first leg in London on Thursday and the second leg at Viborg Stadium next Thursday.

Viborg have already beaten Lithuanian club Suduva in the second qualifying round and then beat Faroese B36 5-1 on aggregate to reach this stage.

Like West Ham in the Premier League, Viborg finished seventh in the Danish top flight last season to earn their European spot.

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