The FA reacts to last night's trouble

The FA have reacted to last night’s trouble at Upton Park, where a match between West Ham and Millwall quite predictably started, ended and was interrupted with violence as both sets of fans clashed both outside and inside the ground. One man was stabbed in the chest during a fight.

Most of the violence was caught on CCTV, but the policing and stewarding has been called into question by many who were there, especially because of the relatively few police there were separating the fans. Meanwhile, what to do with the CCTV footage is the next step for the FA, who have threatened to ban anyone involved for life, even those who went onto the pitch to celebrate a goal without threatening anyone.

‘We absolutely condemn all of the disorder that has occurred at Upton Park both inside and outside of the ground,’ said an FA spokesperson. ‘We will be working with all parties, including the police and clubs, to establish the facts surrounding (last night's) events.

‘We strongly expect all culprits to be banned from football for life. They have no place in our game.’

West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola meanwhile was equally surprised and disappointed at the level of violence that erupted.

‘I've been involved in difficult games and things happened. Here, I've played seven years and I've never seen it like this. It's certainly not good for football. I was completely shocked. Totally.

‘I knew it was a game that meant a lot for the two sets of supporters, but I didn't imagine it like this.’

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