The football was almost a sideshow as West Ham and Millwall faced off at Upton Park while the "fans" faced off almost everywhere else inside and outside the stadium.
The Carling Cup tie between two of the game's biggest rivals always had the potential to be volatile, and the mindless misbehaviour of a minority of fans made it happen.
West Ham will enter the fiery cup clash with Millwall with just one recognised striker ready to play.
Carlton Cole is the sole frontman available for selection, as Millwall plot a high-profile upset of Gianfranco Zola's injury-hit squad.
Actual butterfly names that could also be symptoms of the strange disease caught on an exotic tropical holiday
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London mayor Boris Johnson has rounded on Tube Lines over its "unacceptable" progress in improving the Jubilee line.
In a report published today, Transport for London has also expressed "grave doubts" over the firm's ability to deliver the line's upgrade by the end of the year as agreed.
By Steven Davies
A government backed programme which supports young victims of crime in Lewisham is to be rolled-out nationwide.
The justice minister, Bridget Prentice MP, announced at Lewisham Police Station Monday morning that £500,000 of government funding will be made available for other communities to establish similar schemes.
Charlton's winning run continued on Saturday with goals from Miguel Llera and Scott Wagstaff ensuring a comfortable victory against Walsall.
The result - the Addicks' fourth win in four games this season - sees them leapfrog Colchester United to go top of League One.
The panic surrounding swine flu is beginning to subside, according to a Canary Wharf doctor.
Following the outbreak in early summer, the reported number of cases has dropped considerably.
West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola was left to rue what might have been as Tottenham left Upton Park having stolen all three points in a passionate London derby.
Defensive lapses saw the Irons surrender a 1-0 lead against their bitter London rivals, despite deserving a least a draw from the game.
For many people holiday snaps are briefly glanced at then thrust into a drawer and never looked at again.
But one Wharfer has taken the step of collating his photographs, along with his experiences, of over 20 years of globetrotting into a book.
West Ham have the first part of a tricky derby double-header when Premier League leaders Tottenham visit Upton Park on Sunday.
The Irons will have to be at their defensive best to deal with Spurs' free-scoring attack, which put five past Hull in midweek.