West Ham United will fight all the way the threat of playing FOUR games behind closed doors following the Carling Cup riot against Millwall.

The Hammers have been hit with a damning rap sheet by the FA for the appalling violence which overshadowed last month's clash.

Now they fear they could be hit with a one-match Upton Park closure for EACH of the four charges brought against them.

Angry FA chiefs are determined to send out the strongest possible message that a return to the dark days of soccer hooliganism will not be tolerated.

An FA insider told The Sun: "Games behind closed doors will make the fans see the severity of their actions - a fine would not have that effect."