Millwall’s 2-0 defeat to Wigan Athletic in the F.A. Cup semi-final at Wembley was marked by televised displays of violent unrest amongst the Southeastern London club’s fans. The Guardian’s Daniel Taylor reports that while the Millwall have promised lifetime bans for anyone found responsible, the Lions’ reputation will likely take yet another hit.
Fighting broke out during the second half behind the goal at the Millwall end and continued for at least 10 minutes. Police officers were not in the area at the time. When they arrived they were attacked and forced to retreat.
Television 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. A total of 10 people were arrested but the numbers involved were significantly more as the trouble spilled into the concourse behind the stand.
Television pictures also captured images of children in tears. “I am very sorry if that is the case,” Miwall manager Kenny Jackett said. “I am not doubting your word but until I see those images it is tough for me to comment.”