West Ham Facing Shutdown

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West Ham face a shutdown for their night of shame.

The FA will today hit the Hammers and Millwall with charges of failing to control their fans after last month’s Carling Cup tie between the clubs was marred by serious crowd trouble.

If found guilty the Premier League outfit could be forced to play a game behind closed doors at Upton Park. Both clubs will be hauled in the dock for “failure to ensure their supporters refrained from violent, threatening, obscene and provocative behaviour.”

They will also be charged with “failure to ensure their supporters refrained from racist behaviour” and “failure to ensure their supporters didn’t throw missiles, harmful or dangerous objects on to the pitch.”

In addition, West Ham must also answer a charge of “failure to ensure their supporters didn’t enter the field of play.”

The charges follow the FA’s probe into the trouble at the clubs’ second-round tie on August 25.

Hundreds of fans were involved in violent scenes before, during and after the powderkeg encounter.

Millwall insisted last night they were not to blame.

Chief executive Andy Ambler said: “It was widely acknowledged that none of our supporters came on to the pitch, and the behaviour and forbearance of our fans brought praise from observers.”

The Sun

~ by footballdirecta on September 28, 2009.

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