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John Terry and Frank Lampard pelted with coins and hot dogs during Chelsea versus West Ham match at Stamford Bridge

Coins and hot dog thrown at Terry and Lampard by West Ham fans during London derby at Stamford Bridge

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Sami Mokbel

PUBLISHED:

20:18 GMT, 17 March 2013

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UPDATED:

22:03 GMT, 17 March 2013

Chelsea were embroiled in yet another police probe last night after John Terry was hit by a missile in the win over West Ham.

Hammers fans launched coins and bottles at Blues players as they celebrated Frank Lampard's 200th goal for the Blues.

Metropolitan Police chiefs confirmed they have opened an investigation after receiving an official complaint regarding the incident.

Incident: Police have launched an investigation after coins were thrown at Chelsea's Frank Lampard as he celebrated in front of West Ham fans in Sunday's derby at Stamford Bridge

Incident: Police have launched an investigation after coins were thrown at Chelsea's Frank Lampard as he celebrated in front of West Ham fans in Sunday's derby at Stamford Bridge

Unsavoury: A hot dog (right of shot) was hurled from the West Ham fans at Chelsea captain John Terry as he warmed up near the corner flag

Unsavoury: A hot dog (right of shot) was hurled from the West Ham fans at Chelsea captain John Terry as he warmed up near the corner flag

The FA are will consider this morning whether to begin their own investigation into the ugly scenes.

Tensions between Terry and visiting
supporters were already boiling point as Hammers fans directed torrid
abuse towards the Blues skipper as he warmed up early in the first-half.

In response, Terry mimicked lifting a number of trophies – a reference to the three Premier League titles, five FA Cups, two League Cups and European Cup he has won at Chelsea.

Silverware: John Terry lifts an imaginary trophy in response to West Ham taunts

Silverware: John Terry lifts an imaginary trophy in response to West Ham taunts

John Terry pretends to lift a trophy in front of the West Ham fans

Take that: Terry responds to the West Ham fans while his Chelsea teammates celebrate Frank Lampard's opening goal

Take that: Terry responds to the West Ham fans while his Chelsea teammates celebrate Frank Lampard's opening goal

There were no arrests or ejections
yesterday, but Chelsea security staff will this morning study CCTV
footage to identify the culprits.

A statement from West Ham read: 'West Ham will be working with Chelsea to investigate reports of missile throwing.

'Any individual found to have acted in
an inappropriate way will have to face the consequences of their
actions, including the possibility of a ban from attending future
matches.'

Confrontation: The hot dog appears to land some way from Terry as he limbered up in front of the away end

Confrontation: The hot dog appears to land some way from Terry as he limbered up in front of the away end

Missiles: The West Ham fans also aimed coins at Terry

Missiles: The West Ham fans also aimed coins at Terry

The incident is the fourth police investigation Chelsea have been involved in this season.

Police opened an investigation into
allegations referee Mark Clattenburg racially abused Jon Obi Mikel
during the now infamous clash against Manchester United on October 28.

The same match spawned another police
probe as a steward sustained a knee injury after he was crushed in the
aftermath of Javier Hernandez's winner.

Likewise, South Wales Police
investigated Eden Hazard kick on a ball boy during the Capital One Cup
semi-final second leg clash against Swansea on January 23.

Angry words: Terry was the subject of taunts from the away fans

Angry words: Terry was the subject of taunts from the away fans

Hammers fans were clearly outraged by Lampard's decision to celebrate his milestone moment in front of them yesterday.

But Lampard said: 'I wasn't hit by anything. I went quite close to the West Ham fans but that was the natural curve of my run.'

On the incident, Blues manager Rafa Benitez said: 'When you score 200 goals, you don't think about where you go. You celebrate.

'Afterwards, he realised it would be better to be in another part (of the ground). I don't think he was hit (by a missile).'

Gareth Bale has banana thrown at him – police to investigate

Police hunt for supporter who threw banana at Bale during Tottenham's win over Arsenal

By
Laurie Whitwell

PUBLISHED:

12:07 GMT, 4 March 2013

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UPDATED:

14:03 GMT, 4 March 2013

Police have launched an investigation after a banana was thrown at Gareth Bale during the north London derby.

Officers are working with Tottenham staff and reviewing CCTV to establish the identity of the supporter who launched the fruit at Bale from the Arsenal section as the forward attempted to take a corner in the 27th minute.

Assistant referee Darren Cann picked up the banana and removed it from the pitch but no further action appeared to be taken at the time.

Incident: The assistant referee holds the banana thrown at Gareth Bale as he went to take the corner

Incident: The assistant referee holds the banana thrown at Gareth Bale as he went to take the corner

Bale and the banana incident

Bale and the banana incident

Targeted: Ex-Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor (right) was also a target for abuse from Gunners fans

Targeted: Ex-Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor (right) was also a target for abuse from Gunners fans

The Metropolitan Police will prosecute the person responsible if located, given it is an offence to throw an object on to a football pitch.

Usually such action carries racist overtones, as when Mario Balotelli was taunted with inflatable bananas during the recent Milan derby, but in this case the yob supporter seemed to be mocking Bale’s appearance.

Those with Arsenal allegiances flocked to Twitter to give misguided congratulations to the culprit.

User ‏@jackAFCmartin posted: ‘The best moment of the match. When an Arsenal fan threw the banana skin at Gareth Bale #Chimp’

Happy days: Bale and Emmanuel Adebayor as Tottenham beat Arsenal at White Hart Lane

Happy days: Bale and Emmanuel Adebayor as Tottenham beat Arsenal at White Hart Lane

Danny O’Reagan wrote: ‘Whoever threw that banana at Gareth Bale is a legend.’

But Robin Bylund provided a reasoned voice when he replied sarcastically: ‘Arsenal “fans” throwing a banana towards Gareth Bale. How classy…’

The FA say they are awaiting a report from their crowd control adviser, who is likely to have noted down the incident, and will make every effort to identify the person responsible.

The act somewhat marred a thrilling game, which Spurs won 2-1, with striker Emmanuel Adebayor also taunted over the horrific shootings in Angola while on international duty with Togo in 2010.

Sir Alex Ferguson at Harvard: Manchester United boss has nine honorary degrees

Student Fergie: 12 league titles, two European Cups, five FA Cups… but don't forget Sir Alex's NINE honorary degrees (what a swot!)

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UPDATED:

12:20 GMT, 19 December 2012

Sir Alex Ferguson might have the most impressive collection of trophies in English managerial history, but he’s also got nine honorary degrees to go with them.

The great Manchester United manager has won 12 Premier Leagues, two Champions Leagues, five FA Cups and 10 League Cups, just to name a few. And that is not even mentioning the three Scottish titles, four Scottish Cups and the Cup Winners Cup he won at Aberdeen before moving south of the border.

But we did some homework into the student that is Fergie and it turns out he has more honorary degrees than FA Cups and Champions Leagues put together!

Here are the universities who have honoured the great Scot's work:

1996 – University of Salford

Number one: Ferguson holds up his mortarboard after he was granted an honorary degree from University of Salford in 1996

Number one: Ferguson holds up his mortarboard after he was granted an honorary degree from University of Salford in 1996

1997 – Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen

Make that a double: Ferguson received a degree from Aberdeen's Robert Gordon University in 1997 at the city's music hall

Make that a double: Ferguson received a degree from Aberdeen's Robert Gordon University in 1997 at the city's music hall

2001- Glasgow Caledonian University

The treble: Ferguson picks up his honorary doctor of letters at Glasgow Caledonian University in 2001

The treble: Ferguson picks up his honorary doctor of letters at Glasgow Caledonian University in 2001

2002- University of St Andrews

Ferguson was part of a trio who were awarded honorary degrees by the University of St Andrews, the other two being University of St Andrews Rector Andrew Neil and Commissioner for Public Appointments Dame Rennie Fritchie.

Dr Brian Lang, Principal and Vice- Chancellor of the University said: 'Sir Alex Ferguson's impressive record does not repeating – he has brought great achievement to the sporting life of this country.'

Come forth: Ferguson at the University of St Andrews in Scotland where he received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree

Come forth: Ferguson at the University of St Andrews in Scotland where he received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree

2009 – Manchester Metropolitan University

Manchester Metropolitan University honoured Ferguson for a second time in 2009 having awarded him a with a honorary masters degree in 1998.

The United boss received a Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration in 2009 for his services to football and the city.

Ferguson said: 'It is always a delight to receive an honour in recognition of what I have done in football, particularly from what I have to call now my home city.'

He told graduates at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall: 'Your success in education is being recognised today, but life starts after education and it is what you do with your skills and knowledge that counts.'

Ferguson was honoured by Manchester Metropolitan University in 2009 for his contribution to football and the city

Back again: Ferguson was honoured by Manchester Metropolitan University in 2009 for his contribution to football and the city, his second degree from the university

2011 – University of Stirling

Ferguson was honoured with a doctorate by University of Stirling in recognition of his outstanding contribution to sport.

Sir Alex said: 'I appreciate what Stirling University has done for me today, as do all my family. It is a great honour.'

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson after being rewarded with an honorary doctorate

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson makes a speech

Keep them coming: Ferguson was honoured with a doctorate by University of Sterling

2011 – University of Manchester

The United boss received an honorary doctorate from The University of Manchester to mark his 25 years in charge of the club.

He said: 'I think it’s always nice to be appreciated and recognised, and getting this recognition is testimony to all the hard work that has gone on at Manchester United in the last 25 years, not just by me, but by everyone at the club.

'The great part for me is still to be out on the field with the players and coaching them. As the game has changed, I have had to change with it; for example, sports science in the last decade has seen a phenomenal improvement and that has become a major development in the game.

'I just don’t think about retirement any more, when you’ve been on the treadmill for so long, 25 years in my case, and my health is good at the moment, it’s just a matter of looking forward to being the manager of Manchester United, rather than worrying about Alex Ferguson.

'I am enjoying it at the moment, we’ve got a good young team and a lot of youth at the club, as well as some tremendous staff, so the future is good and I can keep enjoying it.'

Loyalty: Ferguson received an honorary doctorate from University of Manchester in 2011 to mark 25 years in charge of Manchester United

Loyalty: Ferguson received an honorary doctorate from University of Manchester in 2011 to mark 25 years in charge of Manchester United

2012 – University of Ulster

University of Ulster announced in January that Ferguson and golfer Rory McIlroy would be honoured but the ceremony is yet to take place.

Ferguson is being recognised with a Doctor of Science degree for his services to football.

And another: University of Ulster announced in January that Ferguson was to receive an award but ,as yet, the ceremony has not taken place

And another: University of Ulster announced in January that Ferguson was to receive an award but ,as yet, the ceremony has not taken place

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Wow, that's impressive! Fergie applauds the United crowd... (and his accolades)

Wow, that's impressive! Fergie applauds the United crowd… (and his accolades)

Leeds and Chelsea fans warned by police

Behave, or else! Leeds and Chelsea fans issued warning before bitter cup clash

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UPDATED:

22:28 GMT, 18 December 2012

Leeds and Chelsea supporters have been warned not to add another chapter to football’s season of shame on Wednesday night.

The clubs go head to head in a potentially explosive Capital One Cup quarter-final at Elland Road.

The two sets of fans have a long-running feud that stems back to the 1960s and, in a season already blighted by numerous off-the-field flashpoints, supporters have been told to behave themselves or face serious action.

No repeats: This Leeds fan ran onto the pitch and attacked visiting goalkeeper Chris Kirkland - and police have warned fans not to cause any trouble on Wednesday

No repeats: This Leeds fan ran onto the pitch and attacked visiting goalkeeper Chris Kirkland – and police have warned fans not to cause any trouble on Wednesday

West Yorkshire Police chief superintendent Paul Money said: ‘We want the focus of the day to be the action on the pitch and for it not to be overshadowed by violence or disorder.

'I would ask responsible fans, who make up the vast majority of all supporters, not to allow the minority element of unruly fans to spoil the game.

‘I will also ask the managers of both teams to speak to the players and ask them to avoid doing anything which may antagonise supporters of the opposition team.

‘Experienced football intelligence officers from the Metropolitan Police will be working alongside West Yorkshire officers to identify any troublemakers. We will not hesitate to take firm action against any fans who cause disorder or use violence.’

Leeds manager Neil Warnock said: ‘While I want the fans to be loud, we don’t want any of the bad behaviour we have seen from different sets of fans around the country this season and I ask both sets of fans to get behind their side without any of the unwanted problems.’

West Yorkshire Police will bolster their resources while Chelsea’s ticket allocation has been slashed from 5,000 to 3,000 in a bid to forestall potential problems.

Already this season, Rio Ferdinand has been hit by a coin, Chris Kirkland was attacked by an opposing fan and several players have issued complaints that racial slurs have been made against them by spectators.

Football's shame: Rio Ferdinand was hit by a coin during the Manchester Derby

Football's shame: Rio Ferdinand was hit by a coin during the Manchester Derby

Chelsea interim manager Rafa Benitez tried to play down the potential for trouble when he said he will offer to shake Warnock’s hand despite bad blood between the pair. The Leeds boss says he is undecided over a handshake as he holds him partly responsible for his Sheffield United team’s Premier League relegation in 2007.

Benitez, then manager of Liverpool, fielded a weakened side against struggling Fulham in the final weeks of the season.

He said: ‘Will I shake his hand I’m a professional so I will do my job. I’m a professional and have to behave.’

Benitez will hold talks with technical director Michael Emenalo about the club’s January transfer plans. Daniel Sturridge is set to join Liverpool next month so Chelsea will want a new striker, with Radamel Falcao a top target.

Simmer down: Rafael Benitez will try to keep a lid on any potential trouble by shaking Neil Warnock's hand

Simmer down: Rafael Benitez will try to keep a lid on any potential trouble by shaking Neil Warnock's hand

Chelsea fan accused of "monkey" taunt at Danny Welbeck will face no further action

Chelsea fan accused of aiming 'monkey' taunt at Welbeck will face no further action as CPS claim there is 'insufficient evidence'

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UPDATED:

16:04 GMT, 13 December 2012

No further action will be taken against a man who was arrested on suspicion of racist behaviour following Chelsea's League Cup win over Manchester United, Scotland Yard said.

Pictures taken during the October 31 fourth-round tie at Stamford Bridge appeared to show a fan making a 'monkey' gesture.

A 28-year-old man was arrested over alleged racist behaviour. United striker Danny Welbeck appeared to be the target of the alleged abuse.

A CPS London spokesperson said: 'We have thoroughly reviewed the evidence in this case in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors.

No action: The Chelsea supporter will face no further charges after appearing to make a racist gesture

No action: The Chelsea supporter will face no further charges after appearing to make a racist gesture

Taunt: Chelsea supporter Gavin Kirkham will face no further charges after appearing to make a racist gesture

'To bring a charge for a racially
aggravated public order offence we need to be able to prove in a court
either that an individual’s gestures demonstrate hostility towards the
victim based on the victim's membership (or presumed membership) of a
racial group, or that the offence is motivated (wholly or partly) by
hostility towards members of a racial group based on their membership of
that group.

'It is our decision that, having
looked closely at video footage, an image of the incident and witness
statements, the evidence does not demonstrate this to the standard
required for a prosecution. There is therefore insufficient evidence for
a realistic prospect of conviction and we are therefore not bringing a
charge against this individual.'

Other fans in the crowd were
interviewed and CCTV footage has been examined but 'a decision was taken
with the Crown Prosecution Service to proceed with no further action,'
the Scotland Yard spokesman said.

He
said: 'The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) takes any allegation of
racist chanting and/or behaviour very seriously and if any matters are
brought to our attention they will of course be thoroughly investigated.

'The MPS routinely
work very closely with football clubs and partner agencies to monitor
behaviour to ensure public confidence and safety.'

Peter Herbert, chairman of the Society of Black Lawyers, told Sportsmail: 'We are surprised and very disappointed with this decision. We will be taking this matter up with the CPS and also the Metropolitan Police in due course. This decision is not in the public interest and they need to be held to account for it.'

Earlier
this year, Chelsea imposed a lifetime ban on a supporter who admitted
racially abusing former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba.

Gareth Barry to miss Manchester City"s trip to Newcastle after Mark Clattenburg fallout

Barry to miss City's trip to Newcastle after deciding not to contest FA charge for using abusive language towards Clattenburg

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UPDATED:

22:30 GMT, 12 December 2012

Gareth Barry will miss Manchester
City's trip to Newcastle on Saturday after deciding not to contest a
one-match ban for using foul and abusive language towards fourth
official Mark Clattenburg at the end of the Manchester derby.

On Tuesday night Barry was said to be shocked by the FA’s action. The incident came just days after
John Mikel Obi was banned for three games and fined 60,000 for a
similar offence against Clattenburg, who was embroiled in a race row
with the Chelsea player when he took charge of the game against
Manchester United at Stamford Bridge in October.

The 37-year-old official from Tyne and Wear was later cleared of any wrongdoing by the Metropolitan Police and the FA.

Absent: Gareth Barry accepted a one-match suspension and will miss the match against Newcastle

Absent: Gareth Barry accepted a one-match suspension and will miss the match against Newcastle

Blue Sunday: Gareth Barry (left) reflects on the Manchester derby defeat to rivals United

Blue Sunday: Gareth Barry (left) reflects on the Manchester derby defeat to rivals United

In the firing line: Fourth official Mark Clattenburg (right) with United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

In the firing line: Fourth official Mark Clattenburg (right) with United manager Sir Alex Ferguson on Sunday

Clattenburg was the fourth official
at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday when it is alleged that Barry ‘used
abusive and/or insulting words’ towards him after City’s 3-2 defeat to
United.

Both City and the FA refused to
confirm that Clattenburg is the official in question in an attempt to
spare him from any more unwanted publicity.

But Sportsmail understands he was the
one on the receiving end of Barry’s comments as the England midfielder
stormed down the tunnel moments after Robin van Persie’s injury-time
winner.

Rio Ferdinand in training at Carrington on Tuesday

Robin van Persie (left) and Rio Ferdinand in training

No scar, Rio Ferdinand's face looked in far better shape during United's training session at their Carrington headquarters on Tuesday morning after he was last seen bleeding at the end of the Manchester derby

No scar Rio Ferdinand

Shocking: Ferdinand was left bloodied after being hit by a coin thrown from the crowd at the Etihad

Shocking: Ferdinand was left bloodied after being hit by a coin thrown from the crowd at the Etihad

The goal came from a free-kick awarded by referee Martin Atkinson for Carlos Tevez’s foul on Rafael da Silva.

At first it was thought that Barry
had clashed with his manager Roberto Mancini as he left the pitch at
full time, but the City boss confirmed his player was unhappy with the
officials.

‘The referee and linesmen made some mistakes today,’ remarked Mancini after the game. ‘I don’t know what Gareth said.’

After receiving Atkinson’s report the
FA issued a statement that read: ‘Manchester City’s Gareth Barry has
been charged by the FA for a breach of its Rule E3 in that he used
abusive and/or insulting words towards a match official following the
Manchester City v Manchester United game on Sunday 9 December 2012.’

As the fall-out from Sunday’s derby
continued, a 15-year-old boy was arrested by police investigating a
racist tweet sent to Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand. He was
later bailed pending further enquiries.

Police are still trying to identify
the fan who threw a coin at Ferdinand as he celebrated United’s late
goal, cutting the defender above the left eye.

Another supporter, one of nine people
charged over a variety of offences committed on the day, had to be
restrained by City goalkeeper Joe Hart after he ran on to the pitch and
tried to confront Ferdinand.

Karl Robinson attacked with pint glass after MK Dons lost to Brentford

MK Dons manager Robinson attacked with pint glass after Brentford defeat

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UPDATED:

00:43 GMT, 12 December 2012

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson was ‘shaken’ after being attacked with a glass by a group of Brentford fans following his side’s defeat at Griffin Park this weekend.

Robinson was walking to the team bus when the group of around 20 supporters threatened and set upon the 32-year-old manager.

Stewards had to step in to stop the incident escalating further, and Brentford are now working with the police to catch the gang with the use of CCTV footage.

Shaken: MK Dons manager Karl Robinson was set upon by a group of Brentford fans

Shaken: MK Dons manager Karl Robinson was set upon by a group of Brentford fans

The shocking attack was one of a number of incidents this weekend which have blemished the reputation of the sport.

Robinson was attacked on Saturday, less than 24 hours before ugly scenes overshadowed Manchester United’s derby win at City.

Rio Ferdinand was struck by a missile thrown from the crowd after Robin van Persie scored the winner, which left a nasty cut above his left eye, before a fan ran onto the pitch.

Sebastien Bassong was also allegedly racially abused during Norwich’s victory over Swansea at the Liberty Stadium.

Although no charges have been brought for the incident involving Robinson, Brentford have asked the police to attend a meeting at the club on Wednesday, according to the Mirror.

Jubilant: Robinson guided the Dons to victory over AFC Wimbledon

Jubilant: Robinson guided the Dons to victory over AFC Wimbledon

Brentford chief executive Mark Devlin told the paper: ‘There was a minor incident when Karl Robinson was leaving Griffin Park on Saturday to get on to the Milton Keynes Dons’ team coach.

‘There was beer thrown towards him. The Brentford FC stewards and security staff dealt with the incident swiftly and professionally at the time.

‘We are currently working with the Metropolitan Police to review all the CCTV and video footage from Saturday’s match.’

Mark Clattenburg Chelsea saga: Referee"s board to drop compensation claim

Referee's board to drop Clattenburg compensation claim over Chelsea saga

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UPDATED:

10:25 GMT, 4 December 2012

The Professional Game Match Officials are set to drop their compensation claim against Chelsea over the Mark Clattenburg saga.

The 39-year-old was cleared by the Metropolitan Police and the Football Association after the European champions accused him of racially abusing John Obi Mikel during the controversial clash against Manchester United October 28.

End of the matter: The Professional Game Match Officials are set to drop their compensation claim against Chelsea over the Mark Clattenburg saga

End of the matter: The Professional Game Match Officials are set to drop their compensation claim against Chelsea over the Mark Clattenburg saga

The PGMOL have been contemplating the idea of pursing a compensation case against the Blues on behalf of Clattenburg, despite the fact the referee has indicated he has no intention of pressing ahead with a personal claim.

But the organisation look likely to decide against seeking cash from Chelsea fearing it would effect the integrity of referees.

Danny Welbeck race case: Chelsea fan re-bailed pending further police investigation

Police re-bail Chelsea fan for allegedly making 'monkey' gesture towards Welbeck

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UPDATED:

13:49 GMT, 29 November 2012

The Chelsea fan who was arrested for allegedly making a monkey gesture during a match against Manchester United has been re-bailed pending further investigation by police.

Gavin Kirkham was arrested on November 5 by the Metropolitan Police and held on suspicion of a racially aggravated Section 4a Public Order Act offence. He was later bailed.

The 28-year-old was due back at a West London police station today but has been re-bailed again by police while they investigate the incident further.

Shamed: This Chelsea fan caught on camera making a monkey gesture was later identified as Gavin Kirkham

Shamed: This Chelsea fan caught on camera making a monkey gesture was later identified as Gavin Kirkham

He was caught on camera making what looked like a monkey gesture towards Danny Welbeck.

Kirkham denies being racist and said in an interview that he is 'just one of the boys’.

He is due back at a West London police station in mid-December.

Chelsea have banned the fan, who is not a season ticket holder, from Stamford Bridge until the outcome of the police investigation.

Roman Abramovich said he does not want Kirkham back at the ground if he is found guilty of the offence and the club said they would take ‘the strongest possible action, including supporting criminal prosecution’.

West Ham anti-Semitic chants: Two Hammers fans arrested over vile songs at Tottenham with one Upton Park season-ticket holder slapped with banning…

Two West Ham fans arrested over anti-Semitic chants at Tottenham with one Upton Park season-ticket holder slapped with club banning order
Football Association confirm probe into alleged chants referring to Adolf Hitler and attacks on Spurs fans in Rome last week
Society of Black Lawyers have reported incident to Metropolitan PoliceWest Ham vow to ban for life fans found guilty of sick chants

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UPDATED:

17:15 GMT, 26 November 2012

Two West Ham United supporters have been arrested following the anti-Semitic chanting that marred Sunday's London derby at Tottenham.

The two fans have accepted police cautions reportedly for making Nazi salutes, while one of them, a season ticket holder at Upton Park, has already been issued with a life-time banning order by the club.

West Ham earlier today vowed to enforce life bans on any supporters found guilty of participating in vile anti-Semitic chanting that marred the 3-1 Tottenham victory.

The club are working with Tottenham in their investigation after references to Adolf Hitler, the Holocaust and last week's brutal attacks on Tottenham fans in Rome were reportedly heard during West Ham's 3-1 defeat at White Hart Lane.

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Let down: West Ham fans hit a new low with their chants at White Hart Lane

Let down: West Ham fans hit a new low with their chants at White Hart Lane

Tweet from Sportsmail's Alex Kay

Lazio' chants have gone on for most of
first half. Not just a few people, hundreds. It's sad and pathetic. Ban
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A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: ‘Two men were arrested during the football match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham on Sunday November 25 on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence. The men accepted a police caution.’

West Ham this
morning issues a statement, which read: 'West Ham United are in contact with Tottenham Hotspur to
assist them with their investigation into the conduct of a small number
of supporters and alleged inappropriate chanting during yesterday's
match at White Hart Lane.

'West Ham United will take the
strongest possible action against any of their supporters, including
enforcing life bans from the club, that are found guilty of behaviour
which is categorically not condoned by West Ham United.

'During the 46 games in the
Championship last season, West Ham United had zero arrests for racism or
violence, so while we are surprised to see such reports today, we will
examine any available evidence of such conduct thoroughly and take the
appropriate action.'

The FA also moved quickly and released a statement on Monday afternoon.

It read: 'The FA can confirm it has begun investigating reports of abusive chanting at the Tottenham Hotspur FC versus West Ham United FC fixture on 25 November 2011.

'The FA Governance Department has this morning contacted both clubs and will continue to make enquiries into the matter in the coming days.

'We note the statement issued by West Ham United FC and encourage Clubs to identify and ban for life any individuals involved in incidents of abusive chanting.

'There is no place for anti-Semitism or any form of discrimination in football. The FA is committed to working with the Clubs, Leagues, fans groups, the police, CPS and community stakeholders to play our part in addressing this unacceptable behaviour.'

Tottenham Hotspur also confirmed that five supporters were arrested during Sunday's match at White Hart Lane outside of the stadium for unrelated incidents.

The chairman of the Society of Black Lawyers Peter Herbert also confirmed his organisation had already notified police after some Hammers supporters appeared to mock the gassing of Jews in the Holocaust during the match at White Hart Lane.

VIDEO: Anti-semitic chants at Spurs Fan's video captures shouts in stands

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Asked if he would take the issue to the police, Herbert told Sky Sports News: 'We've done so already.

'In
fact we were due to meet a borough commander of the Met Police either
later this week or early next week and it's one of the things that will
be on our agenda.

'As far
as we're concerned there has to be zero tolerance of this. If these
people can be identified on camera and prosecuted then that is something
we'd like to see.'

Meanwhile, a Tottenham club
spokesperson said: 'We are currently compiling a full report for the
Football Association and shall be submitting this with all our evidence
including relevant CCTV footage.'

Sportsmail
has learnt that FA officials are waiting to digest the referee's report
before launching a full probe – although off-the-field incidents
typically take longer to investigate
than those on the pitch.

Hundreds of West Ham supporters
chanted ‘Viva Lazio’ at numerous points during the game in a macabre
show of support for the hooligans who left at least 10 Spurs fans
injured and one needing emergency surgery.

Ashley Mills, 25, of Essex, had to be admitted to hospital for stab wounds to his head and groin after being set upon by a gang of masked thugs while in Rome for Tottenham’s Europa League match against Lazio. Two men have since been charged with attempted murder.

Italian flags were seen in the away section on Sunday and a red flare was also set off. After Tottenham had scored their second and third goals, ‘Lazio’ was chanted, bringing ironic cheers from the home crowd.

The most distasteful chants were saved for towards the end. In reply to Spurs fans chanting, ‘Can we play you every week’ West Ham fans sang: ‘Can we stab you every week’

Anti-semitic chanting, hissing and the references to Hitler then followed.

The FA said they would await reports from referee Andre Marriner and fourth official Mark Clattenburg before taking further action.

At the double: Jermain Defoe scored twice as Tottenham cruised to victory over West Ham

At the double: Jermain Defoe scored twice as Tottenham cruised to victory over West Ham

Chance: Tottenham's Gareth Bale tries to score past West Ham's Mohamed Diame (left) at White Hart Lane yesterday

Chance: Tottenham's Gareth Bale tries to score past West Ham's Mohamed Diame (left) at White Hart Lane yesterday

WEST HAM'S OFFICIAL STATEMENT

West Ham United are in contact with Tottenham Hotspur to assist them with their investigation into the conduct of a small number of supporters and alleged inappropriate chanting during yesterday's match at White Hart Lane.

West Ham United will take the strongest possible action against any of their supporters, including enforcing life bans from the club, that are found guilty of behaviour which is categorically not condoned by West Ham United.

During the 46 games in the Championship last season, West Ham United had zero arrests for racism or violence, so while we are surprised to see such reports today, we will examine any available evidence of such conduct thoroughly and take the appropriate action.

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce said he had not heard the chanting but agreed his fans ‘should not be doing that’. Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas branded the chants as ‘stupid’.

Allardyce said: ‘I don’t hear what the fans say or do when I’m concentrating on a game of football.

‘They shouldn’t be doing things like that, should they But it’s the least of my worries at the minute.’

Asked about the Hitler chanting, Allardyce said: ‘If I didn’t hear it, I can’t condemn it. I’ll wait and look at it myself and then I’ll comment after I’ve listened to what they’ve said. I don’t want to be a political animal. I’m in here to talk about football, not what fans are saying or singing.’

Villas-Boas said: ‘We know the animosity
there is between Tottenham and West Ham. As long as it doesn’t reach
stupidity, it is a great rivalry.

Aftermath: The Drunken Ship pub in Rome were Spurs fans were attacked this week

Aftermath: The Drunken Ship pub in Rome were Spurs fans were attacked this week

‘I understand the whole situation is unavoidable although we can’t decipher the complete meaning of what they were singing.’

The two clubs have a long-standing history of abuse between supporters. Former West Ham striker Jermain Defoe, who was booed throughout, scored two of the goals in the win for Tottenham, a victory that takes them one place above the Hammers.

Spurs fans have been the subject of complaints by the Society of Black Lawyers who objected to the White Hart Lane supporters singing ‘Yid Army’ about themselves. Sportsmail has highlighted that this kind of disgraceful chanting is just as despicable as racist abuse, pointing out unacceptable behaviour such as vile abuse Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is subjected to at various grounds.

Sheffield Wednesday boss Dave Jones, who has been the victim of sustained abuse, said: ‘It is like a form of racism because it is every bit as bad.’

Spurs supporters rushed to condemn their West Ham rivals on Twitter.

Three and easy: Tottenham climbed above the Hammers with this win on Sunday

Three and easy: Tottenham climbed above the Hammers with this win on Sunday

Andrew Leason wrote: 'West Ham fans & their Lazio/Hitler chants showing what utter vile scum they are.'

West Ham fan Andrew Wiseman posted: 'The minority of hammers fans with the Lazio chants should hang their heads in shame. And I'm a Hammer. Pathetic.'

Ed Aarons commented: 'Not surprised at all by reports of moronic Lazio chants by West Ham fans at WHL. Not exactly known for their intelligence.'

West Ham fans were also accused of hissing in reference to the Jews who were slaughtered by the Nazis in concentration camps.

'Hissing, Lazio chants and (letting off) a flare. You classless bunch of p***** are really enjoying your cup final, aren't you West Ham,' posted Louise Page.

And Charlie Parrish added: 'Next to West Ham away fans. Lots of Lazio chants. Football's pretty grim sometimes.'

The anti-racism group Kick It Out also said it was looking into the reports of abuse.

Kick It Out chair Lord Herman Ouseley said: 'Kick It Out is following up with both clubs after the reports circulated concerning unacceptable chanting at White Hart Lane and is awaiting reports with further detail.'

The Board of Deputies of British Jews also moved to condemn the reported chanting.

They issued a statement which read: 'The Board of Deputies of British Jews utterly condemns and is dismayed by reports of antisemitic chanting by West Ham United fans at yesterday’s match against Tottenham Hotspur.

'Antisemitism has no place in football or society in general. For football fans to use Holocaust imagery and chants glorifying Adolf Hitler is grossly offensive to the Jewish community and is a stain upon the character of British football.

'This in the same week that Tottenham fans were attacked in Rome in an apparently antisemitic attack.'