Violence mars West Ham vs Millwall match

There were times in the English Premier League when a football stadium was a potentially violent place. You would know if you were ever beaten at one! However, the all-seater stadiums have pretty much controlled the problem of violence at football games. And when you hear about supporters getting banned for life for creating trouble at the stadium, you really have to think twice before you join any gang in pitch invasion or "post match fighting".

What happened at the Millwall game was disappointing for footballers and nonfootballers alike. As if the three pitch invasions during the said Premier League match were not enough, people called fans outside the ground to gather for a final showdown (where one person was reported to have been stabbed as well).

Former West Ham boss Harry Redknapp was of the opinion that these two teams should never get a chance to play again and if they are ever drawn to face each other again in a Premier League match or for that matter any Cup competition, just “put the balls back in the hat and draw them out again!”.


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