West Ham will contest every FA charge

West Ham United will fight the FA over all four charges they were slapped with after their Carling Cup crowd trouble.

West Ham United will fight the FA over all four charges they were slapped with after their Carling Cup crowd trouble.

The Hammers hierarchy held a top-level meeting at Upton Park on Tuesday night to piece together their case for the defence, says The Sun.

The club are sticking to claims they followed all the advice from police and relevant authorities to try to minimise crowd trouble.

West Ham fans invaded the pitch three times and a Millwall fan was stabbed outside the ground before the ill-fated Carling Cup tie on August 25. Around 200 seats and a toilet block were wrecked in the away end.

The FA have clobbered West Ham on four counts of failing to control their supporters and League One Millwall have been hit with three charges.

A Hammers insider said: "People at the top here reckon they did everything they could and followed all the guidance given before what is an historically volatile game.

"The police and stewards were stretched inside Upton Park but the main priority was to keep rival fans apart and we did."

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