West Ham will fight the threat of playing four games behind closed doors following the Carling Cup riot against Millwall, reports The Sun. 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 said: "Games behind closed doors will make the fans see the severity of their actions - a fine would not have that effect."