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FA To Review Wembley Stadium Policing After Millwall Fans Brawl At Saturday's FA Cup
Published April 15, 2013
'OUR GREATEST CHALLENGE': In London, Daniel Taylor reported TV footage "showed bloodied Millwall fans brawling with each other, one being stamped on and another with a police officer's hat that had been knocked off during the trouble." Millwall Manager Kenny Jackett said that the club was "doing all they could to rid themselves of a long-standing problem." Jackett: "That has been our greatest challenge. We want to try to work hard to keep momentum going. If crowd trouble is going to be continually brought up with Millwall it will hold us back" (GUARDIAN, 4/13). Also in London, Mark Ogden reported the wisdom of allowing the tie to kick-off at 5:15pm "is likely to come under scrutiny, with many supporters freely drinking in the immediate vicinity of the stadium prior to the game." A decision to allow tickets for the game to go on general sale "will also be questioned, particularly with Millwall’s supporters being tainted by a reputation for trouble" (TELEGRAPH, 4/13).
MORE VIOLENCE: In London, Young & Mokbel reported fans of Premier League side Newcastle United "went on the rampage in the city centre on Sunday following Sunderland’s shock 3-0 win at St James’ Park." In scenes "reminiscent of the dark days of football riots in England" in the '70s and '80s, fans "clashed with police." There were 27 arrests and "dozens more are expected in the coming days as police study CCTV images of the rioting," which forced Newcastle Central Station to be closed (DAILY MAIL, 4/14).