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FA probe 'mindless violence'

Football Association chief executive Brian Barwick has condemned the 'mindless individuals' who caused violent scenes at Fulham's clash with Chelsea yesterday and promised a full investigation into the crowd trouble.

Arrests were made after fans from both clubs forced their way past stewards and spilt onto the pitch where a handful of scuffles took place.

Barwick wants the troublemakers to be identified using television footage and for police to take action against them.

He said: 'The FA condemns the behaviour of the mindless individuals who invaded the pitch post-match at Craven Cottage yesterday. We will be launching a full investigation - with immediate effect - working closely with the police, clubs and media.

'Once identified, The FA would expect the fans concerned to face police charges and banning orders to be sought. The scenes on Sunday were unacceptable and we all must continue to work hard in this area.

'Thankfully, these kinds of incidents are few and far between these days and that is due to the increased vigilance of our game. It is also why behaviour of this nature must be treated seriously and swiftly - sending a clear message to those involved that their actions will not be tolerated.'

Fulham are to launch their own investigation into the pitch invasion which followed yesterday's 1-0 victory over Chelsea, and they could face disciplinary action from the FA.

A club spokeswoman said: 'There will be an official investigation into yesterday's events at Craven Cottage.'

Fulham's victory was their first over bitter west London rivals Chelsea for 27 years and a handful of jubilant Cottagers swept onto the pitch to celebrate.

Their actions infuriated smarting Chelsea fans who responded by also forcing their way past stewards, leading to the flashpoints which petered out when police and stewards restored order.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho could also face censure by the FA after criticising referee Mike Dean for ruling out a Didier Drogba goal for handball.

Television replays proved Dean had made the correct decision upon consultation with his assistant after initially awarding the goal but a furious Mourinho claimed Chelsea were governed by different rules to the rest of football.

Fulham have vowed to punish those fans involved in the pitch invasion at Craven Cottage with a life ban.

The club have recruited a UEFA delegate to assist in their inquest into the scenes which marred their first win over Chelsea for 27 years and branded the guilty supporters 'malicious'.

A club statement read: 'Fulham have today launched a major internal investigation into the incidents that occurred on the pitch after the final whistle against Chelsea at Craven Cottage.

'It is extremely disappointing that what should have been an occasion for all Fulham fans to celebrate was spoiled by the actions of a minority of stupid and malicious fans.

'The club has engaged the services of a UEFA delegate to assist in its enquiry and will ensure all measures are in place to prevent this situation happening again at its ground.

'Fulham practices a zero tolerance policy regarding any type of anti-social behaviour and shall take the appropriate action to identify all individuals involved. They will be banned from the club for life.'