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Fan stabbed as West Ham and Millwall supporters clash at Upton Park

PUBLISHED: 10:56 26 August 2009 | UPDATED: 14:45 05 October 2010

A MAN was stabbed in the chest as hundreds of football fans rioted at Upton Park last night. Metropolitan Police said hundreds of fans were involved

By Victoria Huntley

victoria.huntley@archant.co.uk

A MAN was stabbed in the chest as hundreds of football fans rioted at Upton Park last night.

Metropolitan Police said hundreds of fans were involved in the disorder before the game at between West Ham and Millwall.

A 44-year-old man was stabbed near the stadium and was taken to hospital where he is in a stable condition. Two other fans were taken to hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

Supporters confronted each other in streets close to the stadium before the match and hurled bottles and bricks at each other, as well as police officers.

Inside the stadium police and stewards failed to stop West Ham supporters invading the pitch, leading to play being suspended while fans were cleared.

Clashes between the fans and police continued after the match, which West Ham won 3-1 in extra time.

Both clubs and the FA have said the incident will be fully investigated, leading to a lifelong ban from attending matches for those involved in the violence.

At least 10 people were arrested last night and remain in police custody this morning.

Last night's violence came after clashes between up to 100 West Ham and Tottenham supporters outside Mile End Underground Station on Sunday afternoon.

Five men were arrested after Sunday's violence.

Were you at last night's match? Give us your account of the violence. Call the news desk on 020 7791 7799 or email ela.editorial@archant.co.uk

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