Millwall fans angry at being held to account over clash
PUBLISHED: 17:30 30 September 2009 | UPDATED: 15:53 16 August 2010
MILLWALL fans have hit out at the Football Association s decision to charge the club in relation to the violent Carling Cup match in which
MILLWALL fans have hit out at the Football Association's decision to charge the club in relation to the violent Carling Cup match in which they say they were not the main culprits.
On Monday the FA charged both West Ham United FC and Millwall FC in relation to the serious crowd disturbances in and around Upton Park on August 25.
West Ham was charged on four counts of failing to control their supporters whilst Millwall were charged with three counts of the same offence.
Police are still trawling through the CCTV footage and taking witnesses statements from the night which saw one 43-year-old Millwall fan from Eltham get stabbed after being chased by an angry mob outside the stadium.
West Ham's Carlton Cole and Millwall's Jason Price also claim they were racially abused by supporters.
But Millwall fans say their club should not have been charged as West Ham supporters were the ones who started the trouble and invaded the pitch.
Editor of the Millwall's fanzine Lion Roars Paul Casella said: "The thing they should be considering is that someone was stabbed and nearly murdered. Although racism in football is a terrible thing, it pales into insignificance when someone has been stabbed.
"The FA have reacted in a predictable way. Our former chairman Reg Burr once said 'Millwall is a coat peg upon which football hangs all its ills'. That was said in the 1980s and it as much true today as it was then.
"The charges against Millwall are wrong. I can't see how they can control fans at another club's grounds when they have not been invited to the safety meetings. It is preposterous.
"Outside the grounds most of the reported violence was by West Ham fans and inside the grounds the only pitch invasions were by West Ham supporters."
Millwall were charged with failure to ensure their supporters refrained from violent, threatening, obscene and provocative behaviour; failure to ensure their supporters refrained from racist behaviour and failure to ensure their supporters didn't throw missiles, harmful or dangerous objects onto the pitch.
West Ham was charged with all of the above and failure to ensure their supporters didn't enter the field of play.
Both clubs now have 14 days to respond to the charges.