Wednesday, August 26, 2009

West Ham - Millwall marred by violence

Last night's Carling Cup game between East London rivals West Ham and Millwall was marred with crowd trouble. The tube to the ground was filled with fans who were blocking passage to the stadium. There was trouble outside the stadium as well with authorities claiming many fans without tickets tried to enter the stadium thus
causing confusion and commotion.

West Ham v Millwall fan arrested
Scenes inside the stadium were even more awful with fans parading down the pitch whenever a goal was scored. Getting to the game, West Ham won the 3-1 with a brace from Stanislas and Hines after extra time. In a game which should have been more to do with the strength and admiration of Jack Collison who played despite his father passing away was rather upset by such insane bit of hooliganism. Not only was there violence and pitch invasion but there are reports that monkey chants were directed towards Carlton Cole by traveling fans.

In an account by a West Ham season ticket holder which can be read here (great read) , he mentions how it was a pre planned event rather than a sequence of events.

In the footage below you can see how fans invade the pitch right after Stanislas converts the penalty. Horrible would be an understatement to describe the whole situation.

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