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Saturday, 12 January, 2002, 15:03 GMT
Hammam pledges tough stance
Cardiff owner Sam Hammam
Cardiff City owner Sam Hammam has set out his plans to eradicate the small hooligan element that has brought shame to the club this week.

A pamphlet - titled 'Tough times never last, tough people do' - was distributed at Ninian Park ahead of Saturday's Third Division match against Peterborough.

In it, Hammam pleads for all true Cardiff supporters to unite against the "hooligans whose actions could destroy everything we are trying to achieve".

He adds: "Frankly we do not need the FA or the FAW or the media or anybody else to solve the problem.

Referee Andy D'Urso is attended to after being hit by an object thrown from the crowd
Referee Andy D'Urso was struck by an object
"We must solve it ourselves otherwise we are dead.

"We must be vigilant, focused and determined to throw them out one by one until there can be none left to destroy our dream.

"We ourselves and the South Wales Police have set up post-match enquiry teams to identify persons responsible for the throwing of missiles and public order offences.

"The club is obviously working with the Police to identify these individuals and when identified they will be banned from all our games.

"This will happen before the end of the month. If you can help us please do so."

We will unite under the motto 'All for one and one for all'
Sam Hammam
Hammam says he was "speechless and humiliated" after seeing "mindless morons" throwing coins and missiles onto the pitch.

However, he does not believe the club should be charged by the FAW or FA for those offences.

"The reason being is that coins, cigarette lighters and other small objects ....cannot be logically confiscated," writes Hammam.

"If there are evil idiots who want to throw them on the pitch, it is very difficult to stop the action in the first instance.

"What can be done is that they can be identified and then banned and prosecuted.

"What other course of action is available?"

Fans threw objects onto the pitch during the match
A steward removes a bottle thrown onto the pitch
Cardiff had originally asked the FA for permission to move the Leeds tie from Ninian Park to the Millennium Stadium.

Hammam argues that if their wish had been granted, then the game would have passed without incident.

He also points an accusing finger at the national media for sensationalising and exaggerating the trouble.

"In my twenty five years in football I have never witnessed an orchestrated and vicious media campaign as the one that Cardiff City is having to face," he says.

Sam Hammam
"The most important thing is the image of the game"
City fan Tony Jeffries and journalist Joe Lovejoy
debate the hooligan issue
BBC Wales's Caroline Evans
"It has take a team of forty officers to trawl trhough the video footage"
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