West Ham fined for crowd trouble

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  • Sunday, 17 Jan 2010

LONDON: West Ham have been fined £115,000 after serious crowd trouble marred their League Cup victory over London rivals Millwall in August.

The Hammers have also been ordered to pay adjusted costs of £5,000 but they escaped being forced to play matches behind closed doors.

Violent clashes outside Upton Park on Aug 25 led to 64 arrests and the stabbing of a Millwall fan and there were also three pitch invasions by West Ham fans during the match.

West Ham were found guilty of two charges: failure to ensure their supporters refrained from violent, threatening, obscene and provocative behaviour, and failure to ensure their supporters did not enter the field of play.

The club were cleared of the more serious allegations of racist abuse and missile throwing during last week’s three-day hearing, while Millwall were cleared of all charges.

An FA statement on Friday said: “An Independent Regulatory Commission has fined West Ham United FC, having found them in breach of FA rules earlier this week.

“The club will have 14 days to appeal this finding upon receipt of the Commission’s full written reasons.” — AFP

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