West Ham and Millwall in the dock

Hammers to be hit with FA charges

September 25, 2009
By Harry Harris

West Ham United and Millwall will be hit with a string of Football Association charges for the crowd trouble that scarred their Carling Cup tie. Exactly one month after the incident, the FA are finally ready to issue a list of indictments.

A West Ham United fan invades the pitch
GettyImagesA West Ham United fan invades the pitch during the Carling Cup tie against Millwall.

The FA had planned to make their announcement on Wednesday, but were held up by the delay in receiving the final witness statements and closing off a complex list of enquiries.

FA sources informed ESPN Soccernet that the organisation's governance compliance team viewed footage from 47 CCTV cameras and sifted through all the relevant paper work in a meticulous fashion to ensure that any charges brought will stick when it comes to a Commission.

As well as fines, West Ham face having their Upton Park ground closed for one match.

Both clubs are sure to receive suspended sentences of the severest kind, which might even include the docking of points if any such crowd disturbances are repeated.

The FA are in determined mood to send out the right messages and to bring into effect punishments that will act as a deterrent.

With the FA's 2018 World Cup bid at stake, the game's governing body has no intention of failing to make a stand against violence and hooliganism.