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A man was stabbed in the chest in a large-scale disturbance similar to the one which rocked Wakefield Road just weeks ago. Metropolitan Police officers who were on hand for the Carling Cup confrontation said missiles had been thrown at them but none had been injured.

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Three pitch invasions marred the game and police, with 20 mounted officers, had to tackle the crowd. Judging by Home Office statistics for banning orders and arrests at their respective grounds, Millwall does appear to have a problem. Starting as it does from such a bad reputation, Millwall Football Club has focused heavily on co-operating with, and supporting football banning orders, helping the authorities at the prosecution stage. Police in the area are also acutely aware of the key figures involved in hooliganism and are quick to make arrests when trouble flares.

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Judging by the interest in tickets the excitement is building. Millwall have currently sold 1, tickets for Saturday and 9, for their home game on Tuesday. Home tickets sales at the Galpharm for the clash have now topped 10, and there will be no turnstile admission at the game. By Examiner Live. Get the biggest daily stories by email Subscribe We will use your email address only for the purpose of sending you newsletters. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights.

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The bloke refused to apologise to the child or his father and the exchange soon became very heated. There were children around and some of them got scared and upset and needed to be taken outside. Between police eventually acted but they were chased off. ESPN, who were showing the match live, regularly cut to images of bloodied fans and crying children, while one supporter was seen bragging to friends about his theft of a policeman's helmet. Those not involved let their embarrassment show as they booed the few who spoiled what was supposed to be a magical day out for the Championship club.

The images showed fans with their shirts removed throwing objects, including flags, at police in one of the entrances to the concourse. As tensions grew, one TV shot showed a young Millwall girl crying in the stands as the violence erupted in front of her. FA general secretary Alex Horne made a statement following the game. Everything will be done to take action against those involved.

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Aggro: Two fans fight it out in the stands in scenes that were beamed around the world. In a statement released within a few hours of the final whistle, Millwall vowes to help the FA and police.

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Anyone associated with our club found guilty of violent behaviour will be banned indefinitely from Millwall matches in addition to any punishment they receive from the authorities. When we have those facts at our disposal and the police have completed their investigations we may be in a position to comment further. The sickening scenes are by a distance the worst case of violence in the stands since Wembley was reopened in Millwall boss Kenny Jackett was not aware of the scuffles when quizzed soon after the full-time whistle. I'll need to examine the facts before I can give an opinion.

I am not saying it didn't happen.

Until I see it, it is difficult to form an opinion. Silly boy: This Millwall fan cream jacket was seen running off with a policeman's hat. I need to be able to form my own opinion. I am sure the evidence is there. I am not denying that. Jackett vowed the club were doing all they could to rid themselves of their reputation for hooliganism.

I understand what you are saying. If there was crowd trouble It will hold us back if that happens repeatedly. Watching on: Attention soon turned to the drama in the stands as opposed to the pitch. We have had high-profile games that have gone very well. We have done everything we possibly can. After being told some children were carried out crying, he said: 'I am very sorry if that is the case. Until I see those images, for me to comment is a tough one. Wigan boss Roberto Martinez added: 'I didn't see it.

People mentioned there were some incidents, and that is disappointing. The game on the pitch was exciting, with always something to focus on. Charge: A policeman's hat goes flying as they try to control the Millwall supporters. It just gives football a very, very poor reputation. But don't fight each other. I couldn't understand that. Split: Millwall fans booed their own brawling supporters in shocking scenes at Wembley. On the pitch, there was no doubting the Latics were the more cultured outfit and, in Maloney, had the game's stand-out player.

Prior to kick-off, the main talking point about supporters were the masses of empty seats at the Wigan end that had been anticipated. Quite rightly, the club remain unapologetic. After all, as Martinez recalled earlier this week, his first FA Cup tie for the club was at Runcorn in Some journey has taken place since then and in a town that lives in the shadow of Manchester and Merseyside, they have done well to amass the support they have. Those who did make the journey south revelled in it, singing ' to the empty seats' after Maloney had struck. Clashes: Police were forced to use batons in a bid to control the Millwall fans.

Millwall's supporters have an association with violence dating back decades, with their Bushwackers hooligan firm attaining particular notoriety in the s and s.

This violent reputation can be traced back over a century, when in September , supporters from Millwall and local rivals West Ham, both mainly dockers, fought in the stands during a Western League match. During the mid to late s, violence at football grounds became more widespread and more widely reported. In November , a hand grenade was thrown from the Millwall end during a match at Brentford. Goalkeeper Chic Brodie picked it up and tossed it into his goal.

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Police later inspected it and found it to be a dummy grenade. Outbreaks of fighting at Millwall matches became more commonplace, with the Football Association ordering the club to erect fences around the pitch at The Den in In March , a riot broke out during a home FA Cup quarter-final with Ipswich Town, with fighting on the terraces and an attempt to invade the pitch to get the match abandoned with Millwall down.

In , the club chairman Alan Thorne threatened to close the club because of the frequency of violence. The most notorious night was the Kenilworth Road riot of , when Millwall fans repeatedly invaded the pitch and fought pitched battles with police and Luton supporters, during an FA Cup sixth round tie. Although hooliganism died down during the nineties, there have been sporadic outbreaks since. In May , following defeat in a play-off semi-final against Birmingham, hundreds of hooligans rampaged through nearby streets, leading to 47 police officers and 24 police horses being injured. As a result, then chairman Theo Paphitis introduced a membership card scheme, since restricted to high risk away matches, that is credited with vastly reducing Millwall's travelling support.