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West Ham fined 115,000 over violence against Millwall

Fans invade the pitch
Fans invade the Upton Park pitch at full-time

The Football Association has fined West Ham £115,000 for failing to control their fans at Upton Park after violence at a Carling Cup tie against Millwall.

The Hammers, who have 14 days to appeal, were found guilty on two of four charges relating to the game last August and must also pay £5,000 costs.

Millwall were cleared of three charges while allegations both clubs failed to prevent racist behaviour were unproven.

A Millwall supporter was stabbed as fans clashed outside the ground.

Pitch invasions by West Ham fans followed each of their side's goals in the 3-1 extra-time win.

More than 50 people have been charged by police in connection with disorder inside and outside the ground.

The FA convened a disciplinary hearing where an independent three-man panel, chaired by a QC, considered evidence for three days last week.

We have always maintained we were innocent of the charges

Andy Ambler, Millwall chief executive officer

West Ham were found to have failed to ensure their fans refrained from:

- Violent, threatening, obscene and provocative behaviour

- Entering the field of play

They were cleared of failing to ensure their fans refrained from:

- Racist behaviour

- Throwing missiles, harmful or dangerous objects on to the pitch

Millwall faced three of the four charges, as above except for entering the field of play, and all were not proven.

The Lions had complained about their ticket allocation being reduced before the match and vigorously defended the charges.

"We have always maintained that we were innocent of the charges," said Lions chief executive officer Andy Ambler.

"As ever this club condemns all misbehaviour within football stadia and works tirelessly to eradicate misconduct and to continue to change an unfair and distorted misconception of Millwall Football Club and its fans."

Police have said the 44-year-old Millwall supporter who was stabbed did not suffer life-threatening injuries.

Hundreds of supporters were thought to have turned up for the game without tickets.

It was the first time the east London rivals had played each other since April 2005.

Eyewitness reports suggested opposing fans threw bottles and bricks at each other and started small fires as police moved in to try to quell the disturbances outside the ground.

Police said they arrested supporters of both sides outside the ground.

Inside the stadium, police and stewards battled to remove fans who had invaded the pitch from the home sections of the crowd.

It is understood scores of seats in the visitors' section of the ground were damaged.

The FA would not comment on the commission's decision to find the charges against both clubs of failing to prevent racist behaviour by fans "unproven", although more may emerge when the full findings of the disciplinary hearing are published.

Both West Ham's England striker Carlton Cole and Millwall's Jason Price claimed they had been racially abused.

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