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Chelsea fans arrested if flares are set off against Swansea

Chelsea tell fans they will be arrested if flares are let off against Swansea

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

11:09 GMT, 9 January 2013

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UPDATED:

11:59 GMT, 9 January 2013

Chelsea have publicly warned their supporters that they risk being arrested for bringing flares and smoke bombs into Stamford Bridge.

They have even warned supporters that dogs will be used to sniff out any fans that are attempting to smuggle in any illicit objects.

The behaviour of supporters in English football has been in the spotlight during a season that has been blighted by incidents of coin-throwing and racist abuse.

Worrying trend: Flares and coins have been thrown at several games this season

Worrying trend: Flares and coins have been thrown at several games this season

The most recent Manchester derby ended in disgraceful scenes as Rio Ferdinand was struck by a coin just above his eye and blue flame from flares enveloped the pitch.

A statement on the club website reads: ‘Chelsea Football Club reminds our supporters that taking flares, smoke bombs or anything similar into a stadium breaches Ground Regulations and using such objects is likely to result in arrest. Their use is extremely dangerous and risks serious injury to fellow fans.

‘Unfortunately there has been an increase in incidents involving flares and smoke bombs in recent weeks and as well as fans facing prosecution, the club is liable to be charged by the authorities should this behaviour continue.

‘Anyone choosing to break the law regarding flares and smoke bombs at football matches runs a high risk of being caught. During the FA Cup game at Southampton, a person in the Chelsea section of the stadium was arrested and charged with throwing a flare onto the pitch.’

Blue is the colour: A fan was arrested after a flare was thrown onto the pitch as Chelsea played Southampton last weekend

Blue is the colour: A fan was arrested after a flare was thrown onto the pitch as Chelsea played Southampton in the FA Cup third round last weekend

Blue is the colour: A fan was arrested after a flare was thrown onto the pitch as Chelsea played Southampton in the FA Cup third round last weekend

Chelsea also warned their fans not to attempt to take flares into the Liberty Stadium when the Blues head to South Wales for next week's return leg in a fortnight's time.

‘At our away Capital One Cup match at Swansea later this month, South Wales Police will be using dogs in the area of the turnstiles to detect fans carrying such objects,' the statement went on.

‘Should any arrest result in conviction then Chelsea FC will support the police in every possible way to obtain a football banning order.

‘The club, the players and the management greatly appreciate the large number of fans and the vocal support which have backed the team this season, but we ask for good behaviour to be maintained. Please don’t risk a criminal conviction and banning order, or the club being charged with an offence, for the sake of a flare, smoke bomb or firework.’

Robin van Persie could have been killed, says Sir Alex Ferguson over Ashley Williams kick

Van Persie could have been killed! Furious Fergie calls on FA to BAN Swansea skipper Williams after booting ball at striker's head

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17:04 GMT, 23 December 2012

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Outraged Sir Alex Ferguson has urged the FA to take action following Robin van Persie's clash with Swansea defender Ashley Williams which the Manchester United boss believes could have killed his striker.

Fergie fumed after Williams punted the ball into the back of the Van Persie's head while he lay prone on the floor during the clash at the Liberty Stadium.

The Dutchman reacted angrily and squared up to Williams with referee Michael Oliver electing to book both players.

After the match Ferguson said: 'The Van Persie situation you can clearly see that he could have been killed.

Pain in the neck: Van Persie feels the force of Ashley Williams' kick

Head case: Williams lashes the ball against the neck of floored United striker Van Persie

Lashing out: Floored Manchester United striker Robin van Persie feels the force of Ashley Willaims' kick

Ref rage: An angry Sir Alex Ferguson complains to fourth official Lee Probert after the incident

Ref rage: An angry Sir Alex Ferguson complains to fourth official Lee Probert after the incident

'The FA has got to look into it regardless that he has been given a yellow card. He should be banned for a long time because that was the most dangerous thing I've seen on a football field for many years.

'It was absolutely deliberate. The whistle has gone, the game has stopped and he has done that right in front of the referee, he could have killed the lad.

'It was a disgraceful act by the player, he should banned for a long time.'

Williams defended his actions following the match, claiming his attempted clearance wasn't meant to hit the United striker.

He said: 'I just cleared the
ball with frustration and unfortunately it hit him in the head and he
got a bit angry about it.

Seeing red: Van Persie leaps up to retaliate with Williams after the incident

Seeing red: Van Persie leaps up to retaliate with Williams after the incident

Head-to-head: A furious Van Persie leaps up to vent his rage to Williams after the incident

Head-to-head: A furious Van Persie leaps up to vent his rage to Williams after the incident

Pulled apart: The pair had to be separated by their team-mates

Pulled apart: The pair had to be separated by their team-mates

'Everything got a bit heated but it was alright in the end.'

Patrice Evra had given the visitors a 16th minute lead before Michu equalised just before the half hour mark.

Ferguson was angry with Mr Oliver for not awarding his side a free-kick for what he thought was a foul on Van Persie in the build-up to what was Michu's 13th goal of the season.

'It was foul on van Persie, a clear foul,' he said. 'The referee had one of those days where we didn't get anything out of him.

'It was a shocking performance. I know he is a young referee but I was disappointed with that performance.'

In the book: Referee Michael Oliver booked Williams but Ferguson is calling for the defender to be banned

Yellow peril: Van Persie was also booked by Oliver for his part in the bust-up

In the book: Referee Michael Oliver booked Williams but Ferguson is calling for the defender to be banned, while Van Persie also received a yellow card for his part in the bust-up

Ferguson was less critical of his
players and felt they did more than enough to take claim the three
points which would have put them six points clear of rivals Manchester
City at the top of the table.

'Thrown
two points away really,' he added. 'We absolutely battered them. It was
a great performance in the second half. It is unbelievable we didn't
win the match.

'My only criticism is that the final ball at times let us down. “No criticism of the performance, it was very good.'

Michel Platini brands Serbia scenes "disgraceful"

Platini brands Serbia scenes 'disgraceful' in letter to MP

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UPDATED:

17:37 GMT, 23 October 2012

Michel Platini has written to minister for sport Hugh Robertson to express his dismay at the 'disgraceful' scenes that followed England Under-21's win in Serbia last week.

Danny Rose appeared to be subjected to monkey chants during and after the 1-0 play-off win in Krusevac, which was followed by a mass brawl on the pitch between coaches and players from both sides.

UEFA have opened an investigation in to the chanting and European football's governing body have also charged the Football Association of Serbia (FSS) and the English Football Association (FA) for their players' conduct after the match.

Centre of attention: Rose was subjected to monkey chants in Serbia

Centre of attention: Rose was subjected to monkey chants in Serbia

The FA vehemently deny the FSS's claim there was no racist chanting at the match and Robertson was so appalled by the ugly scenes that he wrote to UEFA's president to ask him to come down hard on the Serbians.

The FA revealed that Platini has returned Robertson's letter admitting his shock at the events that unfolded in the Balkan state.

Disgrace: Platini has been urged to come down hard on the Serbians

Disgrace: Platini has been urged to come down hard on the Serbians

'Michel Platini has written back to Hugh Robertson (and said) in unequivocal terms that they were disgraceful scenes,' FA general secretary Alex Horne said.

'His immediate reaction was that they were disgraceful scenes that we shouldn't be seeing on a football pitch.'

Horne hit back at the Serbians for appearing to release a video on YouTube that it said proved 'there was no unsportsmanlike cheering and insulting of players on racial grounds.'

'It's not what I have seen on the video clips I have seen and it is not what I have heard from eyewitness reports of multiple people who were on the trip,' Horne said, speaking at an event to promote the FA's 150th anniversary next year at Wembley.

'I believe the guys and girls who were out there on the trip and that were hit by missiles.

'I wasn't there. I was watching on television. It was appalling. What the players went through out there is abhorrent.'

UEFA are under pressure to come down hard on Serbia after their perceived weak punishments of other associations and clubs. It is also not the first time Serbian supporters have been accused of racism.

They were fined 16,000 at the Under-21 European Championships in Holland after their supporters racially abused England's Nedum Onuoha. Horne, who warned last week that England may think twice about playing in the country again, has vowed to help UEFA in any way they can with the investigation.

'We have put our case forward,' Horne added. 'It was very uncomfortable for the people out there so we have written in strong terms to UEFA.

'We spoke to the match commissioner. He is supporting our view of events so it has all gone through UEFA channels.

'We are looking at a hearing on the 22nd or 23rd of November.

'We will support that commission with any evidence or support they need. We have to look at it seriously.'

Chris Kirkland attacked by fan in Sheffield Wednesday v Leeds derby

Fan attacks Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Kirkland in Leeds shame during heated derby

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UPDATED:

21:12 GMT, 19 October 2012

Chris Kirkland was attacked by a fan in disgraceful scenes that marred a heated Yorkshire derby at Hillsborough on Friday night.

Michael Tonge volleyed a 77th-minute equaliser for Leeds and was turning away to celebrate when a fan in the away section ran from behind Kirkland’s goal and assaulted him.

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Disgrace: The fan attacked Chris Kirkland

Disgrace: The fan attacked Chris Kirkland

Disgrace: The fan attacked Chris Kirkland

Disgrace: The fan attacked Chris Kirkland

Approaching from Kirkland’s left, the
intruder ran up to him and caught him unawares with a double-fisted blow
that floored Sheffield Wednesday’s keeper.

Leeds manager Neil Warnock was furious after the match. ‘I feel embarrassed to be the manager, it was an absolute disgrace.'

This incident will be an embarrassment
for the FA as it comes three days after their complaint about the
unruly and racist behaviour of Serbian fans, players and officials after
England’s Under 21 victory.

Warnock insisted after the match that
there was only one kind of action was appropriate. ‘Get the guy and put
him in prison,’ he said. ‘There is no place for that. I hope we can make
an absolute issue of it. He has spoiled everything for everybody.

‘I am not proud to be Leeds manager
when I see that. It was a great atmosphere, a tough game to referee,
but to see things like that, I am absolutely embarrassed.

As Kirkland lay flat out on his
goalline, seats that had been ripped out at the away end rained down on
to the Wednesday six-yard area. As the assailant clambered back over the
barriers and reclaimed his seat, team-mates and physios rushed to
Kirkland’s aid.

When he finally climbed to his feet
and signalled he was able to continue, he turned to the travelling fans
and pointed an angry finger towards them.

Vicious: The fan savagely accosted Kirkland

Vicious: The fan savagely accosted Kirkland

Vicious: The fan savagely accosted Kirkland

Tension between rival supporters had
threatened to boil over minutes earlier, but a flashpoint that involved a
shameful physical attack on a player is sure to land Leeds in trouble
with the authorities, who will launch an immediate enquiry into it.
Furious Wednesday boss Dave Jones described the Leeds fans as: ‘Vile
animals… an absolute disgrace,’ and said they should be banned from
every away ground.

Jay Bothroyd had already made it an uncomfortable return to his native Sheffield for Neil Warnock.

Bothroyd, a deadline-day loan signing
from one-time Sheffield United boss Warnock’s former club QPR, steered a
44th-minute header past Paddy Kenny’s despairing dive to give Wednesday
a deserved lead.

Wednesday boss Dave Jones bemoaned his
side’s recent misfortune in his programme notes, and he had more
grounds for complaint as Wednesday dominated the first-half. Third from
bottom at the outset, Wednesday belied their lowly position with some
fluent passing that lacked only a finishing touch.

Pain: Kirkland holds his face after the incident

Pain: Kirkland holds his face after the incident

How it went unrewarded for so long
took some explaining, though, after a remarkable 10th-minute escape for
ex-Sheffield United keeper Paddy Kenny and a glaring blunder by referee
Eddie Ilderton.

Bothroyd’s 30-yard shot almost
embarrassed Kenny but the crossbar came to his rescue after he spilled
the striker’s strike. As Wednesday continued to press, they were denied a
clear penalty when Luciano Becchio dived full-length and palmed away a
Bothroyd corner with his right hand.

Bothroyd finally made Wednesday
pressure pay, following a 44th-minute long throw from Michail Antonio.
The striker rose highest, and though his header lacked venom, it was
directed well enough to defeat Kenny’s dive.

Treatment: Leeds fans chant and jeer while Kirkland lies injured

Treatment: Leeds fans chant and jeer while Kirkland lies injured

As he celebrated the breakthrough,
Bothroyd appeared to be struck by a missile from the Leeds end. It was
not the only unsavoury note of a first half that often threatened to
boil over.

There were unsavoury chants about
Jimmy Saville from travelling Leeds fans, while Michael Brown was guilty
of overreacting after Miguel llera barged into him on the edge of the
area. The Leeds midfielder went down clutching his face, despite contact
appearing to be with his shoulder.

Ripped down: A sign is torn from its berth at Hillsborough

Ripped down: A sign is torn from its berth at Hillsborough

Ilderton took no action, but may well
have punished Llera for another flashpoint, when the central defender
floored Becchio with what looked like a forearm smash.

El Hadji Diouf was being barracked
more than any of the former Sheffield United players on view, and he
duly played up to the role of villain in a running verbal battle with
Ilderton over a series of decisions. But for all the aggression shown on
the pitch it is the actions of one crazed individual which will occupy
the football authorities as they investigate the end to a troubling
week.

Steven Gerrard demands UEFA take action over racists

Gerrard demands UEFA take action over racist thugs who abused English youngsters

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UPDATED:

22:59 GMT, 17 October 2012

England skipper Steven Gerrard believes football's battle to overcome racism is 'back to square one' after the scenes surrounding the Under-21 clash in Serbia.

England Under 21 player Danny Rose complained of being racially abused and enduring monkey chants before violent scenes broke out at the end of the Euro 2013 play-off game in Krusevac.

Tottenham's Rose, on loan at Sunderland, was sent off for his reaction to what he clearly felt was racist abuse, something the Serbian FA have denied.

Demands: Steven Gerrard (right) wants action taken against racists

Demands: Steven Gerrard (right) wants action taken against racists

UEFA announced charges against both the Serbian FA and the English, for improper conduct of their players, and against the Serbs for 'alleged racist chanting' by fans.

Gerrard, speaking after England's 1-1 draw in Poland, is calling for the footballing authorities to act and hand out severe punishments.

He said: 'The disappointing thing with what happened last night is it means you are back to square one.

'We seemed to be making great strides forward to get it (racism) out of our game.

Turning ugly: Violent scenes broke out during England's game in Serbia

Turning ugly: Violent scenes broke out during England's game in Serbia

'With a situation like last night, it brings it back to square one.

'It is very disappointing but a lot of people above me need to take control of the situation.

'The authorities have to get tough. It is the only solution. No-one else can do anything about it.

'They are the people in control, who can give out massive huge fines and ban people. Why wait Do it now.'

Disgraceful scenes: Players of both Serbia and England clash on the pitch

Disgraceful scenes: Players of both Serbia and England clash on the pitch

England striker Jermain Defoe echoed Gerrard's sentiments.

He said: 'I've had a few texts and, from what I understand, it was tough out there for the boys.

'Under 21s and seniors are such big games to play in and all you want to do is to be equal to everyone else.

'If you are getting those sort of chants, it is not nice. It is not nice to experience anything like that.'

David Haye departs Heathrow for America after Dereck Chisora brawl

Leaving so soon, David Haye heads for America just days after Chisora brawl shame

He's wanted for questioning by police in Germany but David Haye instead set off for America today – just days after returning to London following his shameful brawl with Dereck Chisora.

The 'retired' former WBA heavyweight champion clashed violently with Chisora
in the aftermath of the latter's defeat to Vitali Klitschko on Saturday
night.

In disgraceful scenes, Haye punched his rival while holding a bottle and swinging a camera
tripod at his trainer Don Charles – which appeared to cut the head of his manager Adam Booth.

Jetting off: David Haye jokes with his entourage at Heathrow before departing for the US

Jetting off: David Haye jokes with his entourage at Heathrow before departing for the US

Chisora was detained by German
police the following day but released without charge, while Haye left
the country before authorities were able to question him.

Booth insisted Haye would return to Germany and co-operate with their authorities where prosecutors have launched an official probe into GBH and assault charges.

'Party time': Haye walks through Heathrow airport

'Party time': Haye walks through Heathrow airport

But Haye's destination from Heathrow airport on Tuesday was to America.

He posted a picture of his Twitter account of him smiling in his first class seat and said: '
Jetting off to warmer climates. Its PARTY TIME!'

It's thought he could be heading for Los Angeles, where he hopes to step up his bid to become an actor.

Speaking after his 30th birthday in
2010 – a year before announcing his 'retirement' – Haye said: 'I'm going
to be a movie star.

'I'm going to break into Hollywood and be the next big action hero.

'What [former footballer] Vinnie
Jones has done is amazing – everyone knows him in LA – and Jason Statham
is an absolute megastar out there.'

Haye came out of hiding on Monday as both he and Chisora broke their public silence on their night of shame.

Chisora offered an
unreserved apology for his part in the incident but Haye stopped short of saying sorry despite offering a
lengthy explanation of his actions .

Setting off: Haye relaxes on in his first class seat ahead of take off to 'warmer climates'

Setting off: Haye relaxes on in his first class seat ahead of take off to 'warmer climates'

It has been speculated that the brawl was partly about generating
interest in a potential Haye versus Chisora bout but Booth, who was cut
on the forehead in the melee in Munich, dismissed that idea.

He insists Haye, who is currently retired, is only interested in
returning to the sport to face Vitali or Wladimir Klitschko, the latter
having defeated Haye already last year.

Night of shame: Haye and Dereck Chisora came to blows in Munich

Night of shame: Haye and Dereck Chisora came to blows in Munich

The Klitschko camp have indicated
that Haye is not of interest to them, leaving Booth to speculate that
his retirement could be permanent.

'David is still retired, he has no plans to fight again,' Booth told Radio Five Live.

'He's always said the only people he would come out (of retirement) to
fight is one of the Klitschko brothers and what happened on Saturday
night doesn't change that one bit.'

West Ham owners want peace Millwall

West Ham owners make peace plea as Millwall come calling at Upton Park

West Ham co-chairmen David Gold and David Sullivan have pleaded with fans not to cause trouble ahead of Saturday’s derby with Millwall.

Disgraceful scenes marred the last meeting between the sides at Upton Park during a Carling Cup clash in August 2009 and Gold and Sullivan warned of punishments should there be any repeat.

‘We would just like to remind any supporter with the intention of doing anything but enjoying the game they will face serious consequences and will be dealt with in accordance with our matchday policies in conjunction with the Metropolitan Police,’ they wrote.

Flashpoint: West Ham and Millwall fans clashed at Upton Park in 2009

Flashpoint: West Ham and Millwall fans clashed at Upton Park in 2009

‘Previous incidents have seen nine season-ticket holders having their season tickets cancelled without refund and also received life bans from the club.

‘Fifty known supporters received life bans and most of those either received a three- or four-year football banning order.

‘This is your club; please show it the respect it deserves on the day, show your world-famous support and make it a day to be remembered for all the right reasons.’