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Leyton Orient match rescheduled over fears of 2,000 Ajax fans attending
Uefa has banned Ajax supporters from attending next week’s Champions League fixture against Chelsea.

LEYTON ORIENT HAVE pushed back next month’s EFL Trophy match with Brighton & Hove Albion U21s by a day amid concerns that thousands of Ajax fans would attend.

The match at Brisbane Road was originally scheduled for 5 November, the day Ajax face Chelsea in a Champions League match at Stamford Bridge.

Uefa has banned Ajax’s supporters from attending the European game in West London as punishment for crowd trouble at their match at Valencia earlier this month.

Around 2,000 Ajax fans are believed to have already arranged travel to the English capital, and it had been claimed they would descend on Orient’s cup tie with Brighton across the city instead.

However, today it was announced by Orient that safety concerns meant the game would be played 24 hours later than planned, on 6 November, with police advising the switch.

“The Leasing.com Trophy match against Brighton & Hove Albion U21s will now take place on Wednesday, 6 November with a 19:45 kick-off,” a statement on the club’s official website read.

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“The game, which was originally set for Tuesday, 5 November, has been rescheduled following the advice of safety groups, including the police.”

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