14 arrested over Wembley violence

A total of 14 men were arrested as crowd violence marred Saturday's FA Cup semi-final at Wembley, police have said.

Millwall fans have been condemned after they began fighting with each other during the second half of their 2-0 defeat by Wigan in disturbing scenes which left youngsters in tears and were witnessed by millions on television.

Scotland Yard said 12 of those held were Millwall supporters and two were Wigan fans. The two Wigan supporters were not involved in disorder with Millwall fans.

Four of the arrests were for affray, one for affray and possession of Class A drugs, one for affray and assault on police, two for public order offences, one for assault causing actual bodily harm and possession of Class A drugs, one for a racially aggravated public order offence, one for ticket touting, one for possession of Class A drugs, one for theft and possession of offensive weapon, and one for breach of banning order.

The spokesman said: "A number of lines of inquiry are being pursued. There will be a significant post-match review and further investigation will take place to identify those responsible for committing offences."

The Football Association (FA) also launched an inquiry. General secretary Alex Horne said: "The Metropolitan Police and the FA are investigating scenes of sporadic violence and disorder in the Millwall FC end at the FA Cup semi-final. The FA and Wembley Stadium will work with police and representatives of Millwall FC to review all events.

"We will look to ensure those involved are identified and we would call for criminal charges and a football banning order to be brought against them. The FA deplores the scenes which have taken place, which are unacceptable. Everything will be done to take action against those involved."

Four officers received minor injuries in the trouble. Millwall have long had an unwanted reputation for hooliganism and the scenes were a throwback to the 1980s. The club themselves have vowed to find the yobs.

Chief executive Andy Ambler said: "Our position is clear. 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."

Millwall captain Danny Shittu said: "It was meant to be a good day out at Wembley. I'm disappointed by it. It's sad to hear about these things happening. Things like that shouldn't be going on, it should be a great day for both sides."

Source http://uk.news.yahoo.com/ten-fans-arrested-disorder-193922117.html


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