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West Ham won't be punished as MET call for points deduction

West Ham United won't be punished over the ugly crowd violence that occurred during their Carling Cup win over Millwall.

The Daily Mail says West Ham will not be thrown out of the Carling Cup or have to play behind closed doors, despite the violence during Tuesday's victory against Millwall.

But banning thugs from grounds is not enough to stamp out violence in the game, according to the Metropolitan Police Federation.

"Banning individuals from football grounds would not sufficiently reinforce the message that violence of the type seen at Upton Park will not be tolerated," said a Federation spokesman.

"Much better to force the clubs to play matches behind closed gates or impose massive points deductions.

"At a time when public order policing is under the media spotlight, we hope recognition is given to the bravery and professionalism of the officers who defied attacks on them to protect decent, honest fans."

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