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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).'

Gary Lineker deleted Twitter to spend more time with family

Twitter was taking over my life, admits Lineker after deciding to say goodbye to his 1.3m followers

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

10:16 GMT, 20 January 2013

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UPDATED:

11:35 GMT, 20 January 2013

Gary Lineker left Twitter because the social networking site had begun to ‘take over’.

The Match of the Day presenter had stated that he had deleted his account for ‘personal reasons’ last week.

But the former England striker has elaborated on his reasons for leaving Twitter, and said that he would like to spend more time with his family.

Quit: Gary Lineker left Twitter to spend more time with his family

Quit: Gary Lineker left Twitter to spend more time with his family

The 51-year-old told The Sun: ‘I left twitter because it tends to take over and I thought I would try life without it. There is absolutely nothing sinister about the decision at all.'

Lineker had become one of the most followed users in Britain – with 1.3million fans – since he started tweeting last year.

However the ex-Tottenham hitman was targeted by one internet troll last year, who joked about his son George’s battle with leukaemia. Lineker later said the disgusting taunts made him feel ‘physically sick’.

Lineker has four sons with his ex-wife and is now married to former model Danielle Bux, who has a daughter from a previous relationship.

The TV pundit’s final tweet – posted on Friday – said: ‘I’m leaving Twitter for personal reasons . Thanks all.’

They think it's all over... it is now for Gary Lineker with this final message

They think it's all over… it is now for Gary Lineker with this final message

Rafa Benitez prepares to take on Everton

Benitez is on the right track as he returns to his adopted city – but won't expect a warm welcome from the 'small club' in blue

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UPDATED:

01:10 GMT, 29 December 2012

Rafa Benitez will be back in Liverpool tomorrow, directly involved in a competitive game in his adopted city for the first time in over two-and-a-half years.

The last time was at Anfield, in May 2010, when his Liverpool were beaten 2-0 by Chelsea, the club who now employ him on an interim basis despite enduring protests from supporters.

As he takes his place on the touchline at Goodison Park, he can take comfort from the fact that both sets of fans despise him.

Unwelcome return: Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez will return to his adopted city for the first time since he left Liverpool

Unwelcome return: Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez will return to his adopted city for the first time since he left Liverpool

It was 2007 when Everton took umbrage at thinly veiled comments he made to paint an impression of Liverpool’s neighbours as a small club with defensive tactics.

‘You have a good memory,’ smiled Benitez when reminded, but it is not likely to be forgotten any more than Chelsea fans will forgive his taunts about their ‘plastic flags’.

Unfortunately for the Spaniard, the things he says sometimes seem to linger longer than the things he does. Fact.

Frosty: Benitez and Everton boss David Moyes (left) had a frosty relationship when Benitez was on Merseyside

Frosty: Benitez and Everton boss David Moyes (left) had a frosty relationship when Benitez was on Merseyside

Liverpool's Rafael Benitez and Everton's David Moyes.

Liverpool's Rafael Benitez and Everton's David Moyes.

Chelsea are due at Anfield to play Liverpool on April 20, a fortnight before a visit to Old Trafford and Benitez will relish the idea that his date with Sir Alex Ferguson might be some sort of title decider.

The Blues are improving thanks to his fine-tuning.

And, although they are 11 points adrift of Manchester United, confidence is quietly building after 10 games under his guidance.

Support: Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has praised the work of his new boss

Support: Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has praised the work of his new boss

There was a moment when it seemed doomed to fail with spectacular speed and the idea of teary springtime reunions with friends and foes seemed highly fanciful.

But progress has been made and protest songs muted. The banners have vanished and influential dressing-room voices like Petr Cech have saluted the organisation.

The tactical changes mirror Roberto Di Matteo’s reaction.

Taking over from Andre Villas-Boas, he instinctively reverted to a tight defence and swift counter-attack, strengthening the front four with Ramires and rotating players.

It only backfired when he pursued flair at the behest of the owner with a squad ill-equipped for such adventure.

So turns Chelsea’s cycle. And here stands Benitez, ignoring the hate and tightening things up at the back. Convincing players is one thing.

Convincing fans is another. There are more of them for a start. They don’t share the cold professional ambition. Emotion comes into the equation.

Can long-term success be built against a backdrop of animosity towards the manager

It didn’t work for George Graham at Tottenham, despite some success on the pitch, and ended badly for Steve Kean at Blackburn.

Any blip will amplify the protests.

Protest: Benitez was the subject of fan protests at both Chelsea (above) and Liverpool (below), although they were of a different nature

Protest: Benitez was the subject of fan protests at both Chelsea (above) and Liverpool (below), although they were of a very different nature

Liverpool fans

What if Chelsea win the Premier League with this ‘interim manager’ just as they won the Champions League with the last one

Will they embrace Benitez as one of their own Will they sing his name and support his vision

Indeed, is that what he wants Or is this stop at Chelsea simply to prove his managerial brain and tactical acumen remain fit for purpose in football’s upper echelons

Trophies: The only way Benitez will silence the Chelsea fans protesting against him will be to win trophies

Trophies: The only way Benitez will silence the Chelsea fans protesting against him will be to win trophies

Rafael Benitez

‘I wanted to manage a top side,’ said Benitez. ‘Chelsea are a top side, so I am really pleased for this reason.

'It makes me even happier watching the players training, working so hard and winning.

‘We have tried to improve things and they have responded really well. I am adapting myself. I know what we are trying to achieve.

BENITEZ'S CHELSEA

26th December: Norwich 0-1 Chelsea (w)

23rd Dec: Chelsea 8-0 Aston Villa (w)

19th Dec: Leeds United 1-5 Chelsea (w)

16th Dec: Corinthians 1-0 Chelsea (l)

13th Dec: Monterrey 1-3 Chelsea (w)

8th Dec: Sunderland 1-3 Chelsea (w)

5th Dec: Chelsea 6-1 Nordsjaelland (w)

1st Dec: West Ham 3-1 Chelsea (l)

28th November: Chelsea 0-0 Fulham (d)

25th Nov: Chelsea 0-0 Man City (d)

Goals for: 27

Goals against: 8

Premier League points: 11 out of 18

Cup competitions: Through in Capital One Cup, lost Club World Cup final

‘I talk about balance. They know they can go forward because the defence is doing well. For me balance is the key.

'You cannot stop these players attacking but you have to be sure that you are defending well.

'If you regain the ball you will have possession and if you have possession you will be more dangerous.’

Benitez has a contract only until the end of the season. In the meantime, both parties will monitor developments.

First, that emotional first return to Merseyside where his wife Montse and daughters Claudia and Agata still live, even though Benitez spends most of his time in London.

He made it home for Christmas dinner — ‘Spanish omelette,’ he said — and has a special bond with Liverpool, at least the red half of the city.

It was about more than winning the Champions League.

It was about standing on the front line and trading punches with Ferguson, Jose Mourinho, Everton and even with co-owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett when he deemed it necessary.

On a roll: Chelsea have picked up 11 points out of a possible 18 in the league since Benitez took charge

On a roll: Chelsea have picked up 11 points out of a possible 18 in the league since Benitez took charge

‘It is always something special when you go to Liverpool,’ said Benitez. ‘My connection with the city is very strong. I have a good relationship with the fans.

'But I am a good professional and that means I will give 100 per cent for this club.

'I am very pleased to be at Chelsea.’

Rafa Benitez: Winning will silence Chelsea fans

Only winning will silence abuse from Chelsea fans, admits Benitez

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UPDATED:

12:13 GMT, 21 December 2012

Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez has admitted he does not understand the supporters who still abuse him in the stands and chant the name of former boss Roberto Di Matteo.

The Spaniard has been subjected to taunts from the Stamford Bridge crowd since his first game in charge, a 0-0 draw with Manchester City last month.

But Benitez, who led Chelsea to a 5-1 win over Leeds in the Capital One Cup in midweek, hopes improved results can silence the doubters.

In the hotseat: Rafa Benitez told Spanish radio he plans to silence the Chelsea doubters

In the hotseat: Rafa Benitez told Spanish radio he plans to silence the Chelsea doubters

'I have a challenge, that is to win and do well, it’s about time to
convince many,' he told Spanish radio station Onda Cero.

'If we can win, convincing will be easier, it says “be
quiet”, sometimes I do not understand the songs (fans sing against him),
I’m focused on the game and do not know what happens in the stands.'

Benitez has also brought about an improvement in maligned striker Fernando Torres with his Spanish counterpart scoring six goals in his last five games.

Under fire: Rafa Benitez has been abused by the Chelsea fans who preferred Roberto Di Mateo (below)

Under fire: Rafa Benitez has been abused by the Chelsea fans who preferred Roberto Di Mateo (below)

Roberto Di Matteo

'Fernando is working very hard, I have the ability to talk to him in
Spanish, but he can still improve and he knows it.

'We are making small
adjustments to the tactics and motivation, and Torres is trying to help
the team a lot. His main job has to be to attack and be as close as
possible to the area.'

Former Liverpool manager Benitez also admitted it can be difficult to adapt to England after spending so long in Spain.

Helping hand: Benitez has brought the best of Fernando Torres after linking up with the striker again

Helping hand: Benitez has brought the best of Fernando Torres after linking up with the striker again

'I spent 20 years in Spain and six here, and it is a very nice place but you have to adapt, if you don’t it is very difficult to bring players, the family does not fit,' he added.

'There is a lot of tradition, it’s all very endearing, it’s a very beautiful place. In England football is lived differently and to train here is very nice.'

Bradford captain Gary Jones taunts Arsene Wenger after Capital One Cup disaster that Torquay are tougher than Arsenal

Torquay are tougher than you! Bradford skipper Jones taunts Wenger after cup disaster

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UPDATED:

23:53 GMT, 12 December 2012

Oh dear: Arsene Wenger is under pressure as the Gunners are well off the pace this season

Oh dear: Arsene Wenger is under pressure as the Gunners are well off the pace this season

Arsene Wenger was subjected to more humiliation yesterday when Bradford captain Gary Jones insisted Torquay had proved more difficult to beat than Arsenal.

Jones delivered a scathing assessment of the Gunners’ shortcomings that will only intensify the pressure on their under-fire manager.

While Wenger claimed his players had no cause for embarrassment, former Rochdale midfielder Jones argued they should hang their heads in shame after putting up less fight than Torquay in a League Two fixture three days earlier.

Mid-table Torquay kept Bradford at bay until bowing to an 85th-minute goal from one of Tuesday’s substitutes, Alan Connell, and Jones was in no doubt about who had inconvenienced them more.

‘I think it’s safe to say Torquay gave us a tougher game,’ said the 35-year old, whose previous claim to fame was making a record number of appearances for Rochdale.

‘It was like a role reversal, because Torquay defended really well against us, whereas it was us defending really well against Arsenal.

‘When you look at what the two teams cost (Bradford 7,500, Arsenal over 65million), it is an incredible result. Without a shadow of a doubt, if I was an Arsenal player heading home after that, I would be embarrassed.'

You beauty: Jones celebrates with goalkeeper and penalty hero Matt Duke

You beauty: Jones celebrates with goalkeeper and penalty hero Matt Duke

He added: 'No disrespect to us and our lads, but they should be beating Bradford City.

‘Team spirit and all that means a lot, though, and can take a side a long way.

'We have a massive team spirit and that is what happened. The lads were unbelievable. It was one of those nights where you just had to be there to witness it.

'I thought promotion with Rochdale would take some beating as the best moment of my career, but to knock out a full-strength Arsenal in a cup quarter-final is what dreams are made of. It is what you play football for.

‘Did it surprise me how badly Arsenal played I think it did, yes. We were surprised at how comfortable we were at times. They didn’t really have too many shots on goal.'

Night to forget: Chamakh, Mertesacker and Gervinho look on as Arsenal were embarrassed by Bradford

Night to forget: Chamakh, Mertesacker and Gervinho look on as Arsenal were embarrassed by Bradford

Night to remember: Bradford celebrate their famous victory over the Premier League giants

Night to remember: Bradford celebrate their famous victory over the Premier League giants

Jones continued: ‘They tried to play too much football at times, especially down the middle. We defended really well, and our organisation and discipline were really good, which put us in good stead for going through.

‘I thought we’d be up against a lot of youth players, with a bit of experience thrown in, but it was nothing like that.

'When we saw their team sheet, we couldn’t believe it. Steve Parkin (assistant manager) wrote their line-up on a piece of paper, then put on the bottom 'poor team' with an exclamation mark.’

West Ham fans ordered to behave by owners David Gold and David Sullivan

Behave yourselves! West Ham owners plead for calm ahead of Chelsea clash

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UPDATED:

11:47 GMT, 30 November 2012

West Ham owners David Gold and David Sullivan have sent a letter to all fans pleading for calm ahead of Saturday’s derby with Chelsea and vowed to 'root out' any fans who act in a discriminatory way.

At White Hart Lane on Sunday, sections of West Ham fans bellowed out anti-Semitic taunts and baited the Tottenham crowd over the stabbings of 10 supporters in Rome.

Now, ahead of another potentially fiery clash, Gold and Sullivan sent a joint letter to all season ticket holders ahead of their game with Rafa Benitez’s side at Upton Park saying they will not tolerate any form of discriminatory behaviour.

Zero tolerance: David Sullivan (left) and David Gold (right) have urged their fans to behave

Zero tolerance: David Sullivan (left) and David Gold (right) have urged their fans to behave

In the letter, they write: ‘We were disappointed to read about the actions of the small section of fans that let the club down during last Sunday’s game at Tottenham Hotspur.

‘We were not only disappointed because they reflected badly on our club, but they misrepresented the tens of thousands of outstanding supporters who follow the team home and away throughout the season.

Not impressed: Sam Allardyce was not pleased with some of the chants at White Hart Lane

Not impressed: Sam Allardyce was not pleased with some of the chants at White Hart Lane

‘We have both been sent hundreds of emails and have personally spoken to a number of fans, who have all told us that they share our sentiments and are angry that the reputation of their club has been besmirched by the actions of a few mindless individuals.

‘We have said to them what we will say to you now – it is up to us all to not tolerate anything that we deem to be unacceptable when supporting West Ham United. In the rare case that you do see or hear anything inappropriate, there are a number of ways you can report the matter.

Not enough: Andy Carroll left) scored for West Ham but they were well beaten by Totenham

Not enough: Andy Carroll left) scored for West Ham but they were well beaten by Totenham

‘We have made it very clear over the past week that we will not tolerate any form of discriminatory behaviour and one by one we will root out those fans that do not deserve to represent this great club of ours.

'Given the news reports of this week, it is inevitable that much focus will be on our club this weekend. This fixture will hopefully provide us with the perfect opportunity to show the world what being a West Ham fan is all about – supporting with pride, passion and respect.'

The club are working with Tottenham, the FA and the Metropolitan Police to identify further culprits after two fans were cautioned by police for ‘racially aggravated gesturing’ — understood to be Nazi salutes.

Sam Allardyce wants West Ham fans to tackle vile abuse

Shop the yobs: Big Sam urges Hammers fans to tackle vile abuse

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UPDATED:

00:41 GMT, 28 November 2012

DAVID GOLD

David Gold

The West Ham joint chairman wrote about the unsavoury incident for Sportsmail.

Click here to read his words

Sam Allardyce has called on West Ham supporters to ‘shop the yobs’ they hear chanting racist songs ahead of his side’s clash with Manchester United.

The Hammers manager believes self-policing is the only way to stop the idiots who hurl abuse, which he said was ‘destructive’ to the game.

At White Hart Lane on Sunday, West Ham fans bellowed out anti-Semitic taunts and baited the Tottenham crowd over the stabbings of 10 supporters in Rome.

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Crime and punishment: Sam Allardyce says the fans who chanted will face severe penalties

Crime and punishment: Sam Allardyce says the fans who chanted will face severe penalties

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

Allardyce said he did not comment fully after the game as he had not heard the songs but has since reviewed the footage.

He said: ‘I don’t view any
type of chanting (either racist or distasteful) to be allowed or
accepted in the game of football today.

‘The West Ham fans are absolutely
fantastic and then you’ve got this minority that are creating this sort
of ill feeling towards the vast majority.

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

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‘I think fans who are next to these
people should deal with them first and foremost if possible. You don’t
want to be labelled with that type of chanting and that’s where
hopefully a bit of self-policing will be brought in.

‘I don’t know why they’re doing it because it’s only destructive towards this beautiful game.

Embarrassed: Yossi Benayoun (right) was unimpressed with the vile chants

Embarrassed: Yossi Benayoun (right) was unimpressed with the vile chants

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

'I don’t wish to hear any of that chanting. I must stress it is a small minority. The good thing is with CCTV cameras it’s difficult to get away with. They can be picked out and punished accordingly.'

The club are working with Tottenham,
the FA and the Metropolitan Police to identify further culprits after
two fans were cautioned by police for ‘racially aggravated gesturing’ —
understood to be Nazi salutes.

Co-chairman David Sullivan will use
his programme notes for Saturday’s match against Chelsea to reaffirm
the club’s zero-tolerance policy towards racism and ask for people to
come forward with information.

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

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

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

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 anti-semitic chants: FA launch probe into sick songs at Tottenham, which mocked Spurs fans stabbed in Italy

West Ham to assist Tottenham and FA in probe into anti-semitic chants at Spurs, which mocked Spurs fans stabbed in Italy

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12:15 GMT, 26 November 2012

West Ham will assist Tottenham in their investigation into the vile chanting by some sections of the travelling crowd at White Hart Lane yesterday, and could enforce life bans on supporters found guilty of participating in the sickening anti-semitic songs.

Spurs’ 3-1 Barclays Premier League win was overshadowed by sickening songs about the stabbings of the Tottenham fans in Rome last week.

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.

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
them all.' @Alex_Kay_DM

Anti-Semitic taunts were also heard, along with persistent hissing and references to Adolf Hitler.

A statement issued by West Ham this morning said: '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.'

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 IN FULL

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.'

Jose Mourinho on Roberto Mancini and Rafael Benitez at Chelsea

Safe Real would have sacked me! Jose taunts Mancini over City's early Euro exit

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UPDATED:

06:54 GMT, 22 November 2012

Cheeky: Mourinho delivers a wink to the cameras as he leaves Manchester Airport for Madrid last night

Cheeky: Mourinho delivers a wink to the cameras as he leaves Manchester Airport for Madrid last night

Jose Mourinho feels he would have been out of a job had he presided over a similar failure to the one experienced by Manchester City and their manager Roberto Mancini last night.

Together with Borussia Dortmund in Group D, Mourinho's Real Madrid will take their place in the Champions League last 16 following their 1-1 draw at the Etihad Stadium.

Mancini insisted his job was safe but for Mourinho qualification to the knockout stages is the very minimum demanded by the hard-to-please media pack who follow the Spanish giants and with whom he has such a spiky relationship.

'I admire the fact that clubs support their manager,' said Mourinho.

'City is out of Champions League. But Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund are very good teams and we knew a big team would be out.

'It is good that it was City because Roberto can work without any kind of problem I believe.

'If it was Real Madrid, the press wouldn't let me return to Madrid.'

It is the same kind of intense scrutiny successive Chelsea managers have operated under since he left Stamford Bridge in September 2007.

You're safe Mourinho believes he would have been sacked had he not steered Real safely through to the last 16 - unlike City boss Roberto Mancini

You're safe Mourinho believes he would have been sacked had he not steered Real safely through to the last 16 – unlike City boss Roberto Mancini

Roberto Di Matteo became the latest casualty of Roman Abramovich's seemingly never-ending quest for complete perfection yesterday when he was axed.

'I am never happy when a manager is sacked,' he said.

'It can happen to me so I never enjoy it. I always feel sorry for him and his family.

'Our lives are very similar. I am not happy with any situation.'

Early exit: Manchester City's stars come to terms with their European elimination

Early exit: Manchester City's stars come to terms with their European elimination

Rafael Benitez is the surprise choice to take over from Di Matteo on an interim basis.

The Spaniard had a tempestuous relationship with Mourinho during his days as Liverpool manager, masterminding two Champions League semi-final wins over the Blues, including in 2005 when Luis Garcia took the Merseyside outfit to Istanbul with what Mourinho described as a 'ghost' goal.

But Mourinho put his differences with Benitez to one side to wish him good luck.

Good luck: Mourinho expressed his wish to see Benitez succeed during his time at Chelsea

Good luck: Mourinho expressed his wish to see Benitez succeed during his time at Chelsea

'I like my old clubs to win,' he said.

'I always wish the managers of my former clubs well so I always wish good look to managers of my former clubs.

'I wish good luck to Benitez.'

Marvin Sordell: Six released on bail over offensive banner

Six Millwall fans arrested over 'Sordell is a c***' banner are released on police bail

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10:34 GMT, 12 November 2012

Six football fans arrested after an offensive banner was unfurled at Millwall have all been released on bail.

A sign directed at Bolton striker Marvin Sordell, who was racially abused by one of the club's fans last month, was unveiled at The Den during the Lions' 2-1 win against Derby in the npower Championship on Saturday.

The banner, which read 'Sordell is a c***', related to complaints made by Sordell after he was abused by fans while warming up for a match on October 6, leading to a 13-year-old boy being banned from Millwall's ground.

Target: Bolton's Marvin Sordell

Target: Bolton's Marvin Sordell

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said
six men were arrested on suspicion of public order offences and have
been bailed until early December.

The banner on display was swiftly removed by Millwall staff.

The club has so far refused to
comment on the issue, and assistant manager Joe Gallen – standing in for
Lions manager Kenny Jackett, who missed the game with flu – also opted
not to discuss the matter.

Sordell took to Twitter after the
Millwall match last month to claim that he and team-mates Lee
Chung-yong, Darren Pratley and Benik Afobe were subjected to racist
taunts.

That sparked an investigation led by
both clubs and last week Millwall confirmed the boy in question admitted
to abusing Sordell and subsequently issued a written apology which the
player accepted.

Given his age, Millwall have not
imposed a life ban on the youngster and offered him a place on a
Millwall for All' educational programme 'in the hope that we can change
his outlook on equality, racism and life in general'.

Controversy: A Fan has been banned from ground over Sordell abuse

Controversy: A Fan has been banned from ground over Sordell abuse