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English FA charge West Ham and Millwall

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  • West Ham and Millwall have both been hit by charges by Football Association
  • The charges relate to crowd problems during their Carling Cup clash in August
  • FA say the clubs failed to control certain aspects of the behavour of their fans
  • Both of the clubs will now have 14 days to respond to the English FA charges
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(CNN) -- West Ham and Millwall have both been charged by the Football Association following the crowd trouble that disrupted their Carling Cup tie at Upton Park on August 25.

West Ham fans

West Ham fans invade the pitch during their Carling Cup tie with London rivals Millwall.

The FA have charged both clubs for failing to control fans from violent, threatening, provocative and racist behavior and for throwing harmful or dangerous objects onto the pitch.

English Premier League side West Ham face a further charge of failure to ensure their supporters do not enter the field of play.

"The FA has liaised closely with all relevant authorities including the Metropolitan police during the course of its investigations and has been in constant dialogue with both clubs during this time." said a statement on the FA's Web site

The governing body has also said that fans of both clubs who are identified as the troublemakers will face lifetime bans. Footage from 47 CCTV cameras inside the ground is also being examined as the police continue with their investigation.

A Millwall fan was stabbed as fans clashed outside West Ham's Upton Park stadium and pitch invasions by the Hammers fans followed their side's goals in extra time of the match against the League One side.

The racist abuse was allegedly aimed at Carlton Cole of West Ham and Jason Price of Millwall while around 200 seats and a toilet block in the away section of the ground were understood to be damaged.

The Carling Cup third-round tie was the first meeting between the two east-London rivals since April, 2005 and is a game notorious for crowd trouble.

Details of possible punishments if the clubs are found guilty are unknown; however heavy fines could be given to both clubs with West Ham's likely to be the more severe.

Both clubs now have a period of 14 days to respond to the charges.

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