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Tottenham fans have urged the FA to study the actions of Didier Drogba in their FA Cup quarter-final post-match brawl.

Ugly scenes marred the Blues' 2-1 win at White Hart Lane on Monday and claims have now surfaced that the striker stamped on pitch invader Tim Smith.

The Daily Mirror reports that 'Disciplinary chiefs have requested video evidence from Sky TV after Spurs fans besieged radio and TV phone-ins to complain about the Chelsea players' conduct at the final whistle.'

Spurs fans have also blamed Chelsea players for inciting the post-match aggro, with season-ticket holder Dave Bolton complaining: "The Chelsea players were going mental and it is no wonder that Spurs fans got so upset."

Smith has been handed a life ban from White Hart Lane and will appear at Haringey Magistrates next week after being charged with encroaching onto the pitch.

For reasons which are not immediately obvious given the weight of apparent evidence against him, he has not been charged with attempted or actual assault.

Lampard hopes lessons can be learned and told Sky Sports News: "It was disappointing. You enjoy celebrating a win and when something like that happens it shocks you.

"I think when a couple of days pass and you don't see it on the front of the papers and everything, then maybe it will just be something that hopefully can be put right and not happen again."

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What a bunch of bitter Spuds. First they lost on the pitch, now they're just losing it. Nothing changes.

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If I recall there was complaints by Hammers fans earlier this season (or was it last season?) about Spurs players excessively celebrating at the final whistle and the Spurs fans, at that time, said they were being ridiculous and just bad losers.

Funny how the worm turns isn't it.

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I have to admit that I have seen some footage (can't remember if it was posted on here or whether it was on TV) where you can see what appears to be Drogba possibly going in with the boot.

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Chelsea players were going mental? Ok they celebrated it quite wildly for a quarterfinal win, with players tossing shirts and all, but I didn't see anything too rowdy before the fans invaded the pitch. It's a funny notion that fans can verbally abuse the players for 90+ minutes, but the players shouldn't be able to celebrate their win so that they wouldn't risk hurting the feelings of the fragile beings that are football fans.

If Drogba stamped on a fan, that's another thing and he should be punished for it, but to say that Spurs fans are like children who can't be expected to control themselves is...what's that you say...oh! icon_redface.gificon_lol.gif

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Chelsea players were going mental? Ok they celebrated it quite wildly for a quarterfinal win, with players tossing shirts and all, but I didn't see anything too rowdy before the fans invaded the pitch. It's a funny notion that fans can verbally abuse the players for 90+ minutes, but the players shouldn't be able to celebrate their win so that they wouldn't risk hurting the feelings of the fragile beings that are football fans.

It isn't just that - there is also the fact that when celebrating a win the players are, to some extent, sharing a bit of joy with their fans who have paid good money to come down and support them. This is even more pertinent when it is an away game, and even more so, when it is an away game like Spurs where there is always a possibility that the travelling support will not exactly be made welcome by the home support.

Football is always being accused of not being in touch with the supporters yet when the team wants to celebrate with their own fans they are accused of inciting trouble.

We all hate to see our team lose and yes it hurts even more when the team that has just beaten you is out there celebrating after the whistle however the idea that this can justify trying to attack a player is ridiculous (take note Alan Green)

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Obviously it is ridiculous for a team to celebrate winning an crucial fixture late in a season.Maybe we should just ban all Chelsea celebrations, because the opposition supporters don't like to see them win.

The argument that the fans were 'provoked' by the sight of the Chelsea players celebrating is pure hipocrisy; those same fans who couldn't take the sight of a few players beating their bare chests were the same ones who had been screaming worst possible personal abuse at these players for 90 minutes prior to that.

Celebrations are part of the game. Football is a passionate sport so every team should be entitled to celebrate without being attacked by a minority of fans which give a bad name to their football clubs.

Whilst the Chelsea celebrations were somewhat over the top last night, when Spurs beat Chelsea earlier in the season their celebrations were equally over the top. I didn't like it, but i can understand it since they finally beat the Blues for the first time in God knows how long.

The Chelsea players shouldn't take matters into their own hands, but if Spurs fat arsed stewards were doing their job last night they wouldn't have had to.However, if the situation was reversed and Lampard jumped into the crowd to punch someone, you could bet more fans than a squad of players would have jumped into it!

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Am I missing something?

Bloke tresspasses onto pitch and attacks a footballer in a deliberate attempt to inflict harm. Footballer's mate stamps on assailants head.

What's the problem?

Frankly they should all take a leaf from the rules of Keith Richards...here's what happens when you run onto his pitch...

Keith

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Cheers for that Mike - been a while since I saw that footage. You have to love the casual way he goes back to playing his guitar afterwards.

I remember an incident in Canada a fair few years ago now (may have bene in montreal or Ottawa - can't recall) where a punter tried to have a go at one of the leading politicans at the time during a 'meet the public' walkabout. I must admit my recollection of who it was and exactly what happened is sketchy (maybe someone else remembers) but the bottom line was that the politician taught him a right good lesson in fisticuffs!

Unlike here, where the press would have gone after him, the media and public reacted very positively saying it was good to see a politician stand up for themselves!

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I found this exclusive story from the Daily Crap:

The FA are set to charge Chelsea Fc with inciting every non-chelsea fan in the country after studying footage of two end of season parades in west london. Chelsea players and management showed a blatant disregard for the fragile feelings of others by sitting on a top of a bus as it drove through a part of west london to celebrate two championship wins. They even allowed chelsea fans to share in their achievement despite the terrible affect the television pictures must have had on viewers from rival clubs. It is understood the club hope to show off more trophies in May, but the FA are set to step in and charge them with being a successful club

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I found this exclusive story from the Daily Crap:

The FA are set to charge Chelsea Fc with inciting every non-chelsea fan in the country after studying footage of two end of season parades in west london. Chelsea players and management showed a blatant disregard for the fragile feelings of others by sitting on a top of a bus as it drove through a part of west london to celebrate two championship wins. They even allowed chelsea fans to share in their achievement despite the terrible affect the television pictures must have had on viewers from rival clubs. It is understood the club hope to show off more trophies in May, but the FA are set to step in and charge them with being a successful club

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Cheers for that Mike - been a while since I saw that footage. You have to love the casual way he goes back to playing his guitar afterwards.

I remember an incident in Canada a fair few years ago now (may have bene in montreal or Ottawa - can't recall) where a punter tried to have a go at one of the leading politicans at the time during a 'meet the public' walkabout. I must admit my recollection of who it was and exactly what happened is sketchy (maybe someone else remembers) but the bottom line was that the politician taught him a right good lesson in fisticuffs!

Unlike here, where the press would have gone after him, the media and public reacted very positively saying it was good to see a politician stand up for themselves!

As they did when Prescott lamped the guy who threw an egg at him the other year.

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Am I missing something?

Bloke tresspasses onto pitch and attacks a footballer in a deliberate attempt to inflict harm. Footballer's mate stamps on assailants head.

What's the problem?

Frankly they should all take a leaf from the rules of Keith Richards...here's what happens when you run onto his pitch...

Keith

Never seen that before. Keef looked in good shape so it must have been early 80s at a guess. I saw the Stones at Wembley in 82 - they were excellent.

Did he get accused of showing off in front of the crowd with his expensive guitar and inciting them to invade the stage?

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This is going to be a tough one for the FA. They don't really have much to compare it to. Cantona responded to verbals and so that was a more straight forward case. One that does spring to mind is Carragher at Arsenal a few years back. If I remember rightly he was pelted with coins from the crowd and threw one back under arm. He got a short ban which I thought was harsh as there was no way those coins would have caused any damage the way they were thrown back. Just bitter Arsenal fans who were dishing out the abuse but didn't like it when it came back at them. Just like the bitter Spuds fans who demanded this inquiry.

Anyway if the FA does punish Drogba or any of the others (and I have yet to see any footage that confirms that our players did anything more than confront the pitch invader with verbals) they will be sending a message to fans all over the country that if you run onto the pitch and try to attack a player you could get him or any of his colleagues banned if they react. I would also hope that the PFA would back Drogba or any other players involved. Hopefully won't come to anything.

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According to the statement they looked at the evidence so they obviously didn't feel there was anything that required further action. I have to agree having seen the clips that are available on YouTube. I think the FA would have fined or banned them if there was sufficient evidence though. Last season Simon Royce of QPR was attacked and successfully hit several times by a Stoke fan. The QPR staff and some players came to his aid and QPR were charged with failing to control their players with a ban imposed on the QPR reserve keeper who kicked the fan while he was on the ground. I think the footage of tha incident was clearer though.

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