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Friday, 17 May, 2002, 16:52 GMT 17:52 UK
Cardiff won't appeal misconduct fine
Leeds and England defender Danny Mills removes a bottle that had been thrown at him
Leeds players were pelted with objects by the crowd
Cardiff City will not appeal against the 20,000 fine imposed after they were found guilty of misconduct following crowd trouble at their FA Cup tie with Leeds United in January.

The club was also ordered by the Football Association of Wales to put warning notices in match programmes and around the ground by a disciplinary panel which met on Thursday at the Vale of Glamorgan Hotel.

Cardiff chairman Sam Hammam told the Reuters News Agency: "We appreciate the difficulties the Football Association of Wales had with the situation.

"We do not agree with their findings but we respect their decision and we will not be appealing," he said.

The Second Division club was cleared in relation to missile throwing by the panel, which met for seven hours before reaching its decision.

Cardiff owner Sam Hammam
Sam Hammam went on a 'walkabout' at the Leeds game

Fans invaded the pitch at the end of the match, which Cardiff won 2-1, and went towards visiting supporters, forcing police to intervene. Leeds players also complained about being hit by missiles thrown from the crowd.

Hammam was criticised for going on a walkabout around the pitch with the game still in progress - he has since been banned by the FAW from repeating such an action.

The FAW could have implemented sanctions which included a ground closure, but instead decided to hit Cardiff in the pocket.

At the hearing, FAW secretary general David Collins said: "We recognise the efforts Cardiff have made over the last few years in an attempt to rid themselves of the small hooligan element amongst their support.

"However, the panel in considering the evidence have found Cardiff City guilty of misconduct with regard to encroachment and violence by a number of fans."

A statement on the Cardiff website read: "The club respects the decision of the FAW commission, which it believes was given under extreme pressure from the Football Association and the London media.

"The level of fine, below the protocol level, demonstrates the value the commission must have put on Cardiff City and especially their stewards' actions, both before and on the day.

"The events of January 6, 2002, and subsequently, will only serve to bring together the club and Welsh people as they strive to take Welsh football forward."

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"The match saw some of the worst scenes of violence in recent years"

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