52 Monday, 28 September 2009 London Lite LITESPORT FEARSOVERBORTHWICK EYEINJURY:PAGE46 HAMMERING FROM THE FAWest Ham and Millwall charged over Cup riot BREAKING NEWS... Khan fights American in first defence AMIR KHAN has confirmed Dmitry Salita is likely to be his next opponent as he makes the first defence of his WBA light- welterweight title. Promoter Frank Warren has been in talks with Salitas camp about a clash at an as yet undecided venue in December. Salita, who was born in Ukraine but raised in New York, would be the mandatory challenger for the belt Khan won with a points victory over Andreas Kotelnik at Manchesters MEN Arena in July. Although he is not the biggest name on Khans hitlist, the 22-year-old champion said: Hes a number one contender and I think hes the ideal fight for me at this moment in time. Hes an American and I want to build my name up in America. WEST HAM and Millwall face the prospect of severe punishment by the Football Association after being chargedwithseveraloffencesinclud- ing racist behaviour by both sets of fans following the shocking crowd violence in August. The FA have issued four charges against West Ham and three against Millwallafteraninvestigationintothe serious disturbances in and around Upton Park on 25 August. A full range of sanctions are availa- ble including the clubs being made to play matches behind closed doors. AnFAstatementsaideachclubfaces charges of: Failure to ensure their supporters refrained from violent, threatening, obscene and provocative behaviour. Failure to ensure their supporters refrained from racist behaviour. Failure to ensure their supporters did not throw missiles, harmful or dangerous objects onto the pitch. West Ham have also been charged withfailuretoensuretheirsupporters did not enter the field of play there were three pitch invasions during the Carling Cup second round tie. West Ham striker Carlton Cole and Millwalls Jason Price both suffered racist abuse during the match, which the home side won 3-1. During the evening, one 44-year-old man was taken to hospital with stab wounds and several others were injured. Both clubs now have a period of 14 days to respond to the charges. Millwall said in a statement: Mill- wall Football Club are shocked and disappointed that charges have been proffered against us in respect of events that took place at West Ham United on Tuesday 25th August 2009. We expressed our concerns in advance about ticket allocations and arrangements in general. It was widely acknowledged that none of our supporters came onto the pitch, and indeed the behaviour and forbearanceof ourfansbroughtpraise from media observers on the night. WestHamadmittedthebehaviourof aminorityof fanswasappallingbut that they had closely followed police advice. A West Ham spokesman said: We are reviewing the FA charges and will respond accordingly. In advance of the Millwall match, the club followed the strict advice of the police and relevant authorities at every stage of the plan- ning process. BY GEOFF TEATHER Invasion: fans spill onto the pitch during West Ham and Millwalls Carling Cup tie Englands cricketers suddenly become One-Day wonders England elated: Graham Onions leads the celebrations as a 22-run win over South Africa seals a place in the ICC Champions Trophy semi-finals with a game to spare STRAUSS CRAMPS SOUTH AFRICA STYLE: PAGE 47 MAN CITY V WEST HAM PREVIEW: PAGE 50-51 index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html48.html49.html50.html51.html52.html53.html54.html55.html