London: Millwall fans fought among themselves at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, overshadowing Wigan's 2-0 victory that advanced the club to the first FA Cup final in their 81-year history. Police and security officers appeared slow to react as disorder built throughout the second half. Groups of Millwall supporters brawled with each other and security personnel.
Ten people were arrested following "sporadic disorder" among Millwall fans, police said. The investigation was ongoing. Wigan will return to Wembley for the final to face Manchester City or Chelsea, which meet Sunday. In pictures broadcast around the world, one female Wigan fan was in tears as Millwall supporters traded punches, reviving memories of the 1970s, when the London club struggled with hooliganism.
"We are continuing to progress as a club, that's out greatest challenge," said Millwall manager Kenny Jackett, who did not see any of the fighting. "We've worked very hard to do everything we possibly can to try to be trouble-free ... if crowd trouble is going to be continuously brought up with Millwall that will hold us back."
Wigan manager Roberto Martinez said the violence "leaves a bad taste for the huge majority they had here, with their impeccable behavior." Wigan chairman Dave Whelan feared the image of English soccer has been damaged....more
09:57 AM, Apr 14, 2013