CHELSEA have received a Champions League boost after Ajax fans were banned from Stamford Bridge for next month’s clash.
The Dutch giants travel to West London on November 5 for the Group H showdown.
However, they will have no supporters urging them on after Uefa barred them from selling any tickets to their followers.
Ajax were handed a suspended sentence by European football’s governing body after fan trouble during their game against Benfica last season.
But they re-offended again earlier this month during their 3-0 win at Valencia.
Now they have been hit with the ban and fined £43,000 by Uefa, who have also given a “conditional penalty of one year for selling tickets at an away match”.
A statement on the Eredivisie leaders’ website said: “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 without fans.”
Last season’s Champions League finalists are now awaiting further details from Uefa before deciding whether to appeal.
Chelsea usually allocate 3,000 tickets for visiting supporters but cut amount to just 833 for Ajax in order to try and avoid violence and other issues.
But now it looks like no Dutch fans will be allowed into the stadium.
And it will provide a boost for Chelsea as they look to strengthen their hopes of reaching the knockout stage.
Frank Lampard’s side, who are level with Valencia, trail Ajax by three points following the opening two group matches.
Chelsea travel to the Dutch capital on Wednesday before the return game a fortnight later.