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FA to reveal Upton Park findings

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

The Football Association will announce in the coming week the findings of its probe into the violence which marred West Ham's game with Millwall.

One man was stabbed as fans clashed outside Upton Park and pitch invasions followed each of West Ham's goals in their 3-1 Carling Cup win on 25 August.

West Ham's Carlton Cole and Millwall's Jason Price also alleged that they were racially abused by supporters.

Newspaper reports have claimed both clubs will be charged.

The FA has said it will impose lifetime stadium bans on fans identified as trouble-makers.

"The FA's extensive investigations into the events at the recent West Ham versus Millwall fixture are drawing to a close," said an FA statement.

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"CCTV footage from approximately 47 cameras inside Upton Park is still being examined along with other lines of enquiry.

"Both clubs have cooperated and provided assistance in relation to the enquiry and the FA expects to be in a position to confirm the outcome of the investigation in the coming week."

It was the first time east London rivals West Ham and Millwall had played each other since April 2005 and hundreds of fans were involved in violent scenes reminiscent of the 1980s, when English football was dogged by hooliganism.

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

Inside the stadium, police and stewards battled to remove fans from the pitch throughout the match, which West Ham won in extra time.

After the match, riot police lined the streets outside the ground, roads were closed and a helicopter flew overhead in preparation for further possible clashes as thousands of fans tried to leave the stadium at full time.

Hammers boss Gianfranco Zola said he was "shocked" by the scenes, adding that he had not seen anything like it in seven years as a player in England.



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see also
FA to probe Upton Park violence
26 Aug 09 |  West Ham
Millwall and Hammers slam racism
26 Aug 09 |  Football
London football violence probed
26 Aug 09 |  London
Mass violence mars London derby
25 Aug 09 |  London
Pitch invader carried young child
26 Aug 09 |  London
West Ham 3-1 Millwall (aet)
25 Aug 09 |  League Cup


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