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Upton Park update

August 25, 2009

Awful scenes at Upton Park.

Crowd trouble marred an excellent win for West Ham over Millwall in tonight’s Carling Cup 2nd round tie. A 44-year-old man has been stabbed, but is currently in a stable condition in hospital after crowd violence broke out outside Upton Park.

A 29-year-old who witnessed the incidents unfold said: “It’s the last thing you expect to see. There were West Ham fans on one side, Millwall fans on the other, both being separated by the Police. Bottles and bricks were being thrown and hitting people on the front. There were bloodied faces everywhere”.

The Police have described the violence as “pre-planned” and “high-level”. The trouble broke out after Junior Stanislas scored the first goal. Hundreds of West Ham fans ran on the pitch, prompting the Millwall players to leave the pitch immediately. One fan even ran past a Millwall player, who clearly tried to advise him to get off the pitch, and stuck his middle finger up at him.

That particular situation was diffused in time for the match to continue, but outside the violence showed no signs of relenting. Riot Police have gathered at the local tube stations prepared for ongoing violence as people depart the ground.

One very moving scene at the end of the game was a tearful Jack Collison. Collison lost his Father in a motorcycle accident at the weekend, and as he was shepharded off the pitch he burst into tears. The remaining West Ham fans all stood to Collison and gave him an emotional round of applause.

Obviously very disturbing scenes at Upton Park tonight, and it wouldn’t be the first time Millwall fans have been involved in such an incident. It’s not good for the game, and the thugs and hooligans that are involved in the incident should be banned for life and locked up.


10 Comments leave one →
  1. Nicola Burns permalink
    August 25, 2009 11:13 pm

    I was raised a Millwall fan and proud to be such. I am deeply saddened by the negativity that our fans constantly receive in the media. I don’t agree with the violence that has taken place at Upton Park this evening but have to question why it is that the blame is always placed on the shoulders of our supporters? I belong to groups on facebook and have witnessed so much antaganisation from Westham fans, some even naming meeting points for the trouble. The question must be why aren’t these groups being policed? These thugs and hooligans are not supporters they are not there to watch their teams play, they are simply there for the violence so cannot be considered fans.

  2. August 25, 2009 11:22 pm

    I had started a post on violence in S. American football this morning but thought it may come off biased. And then this happened. Yep. Football violence is a problem in all countries.

    Dude, Where was Frodo? I thought he was HARDCORE. Frodo let his Green Street boys down bigtime.

  3. August 26, 2009 2:57 am

    surprised to see west ham fans invade the pitch, poor display by the premier league fans.

  4. August 26, 2009 3:39 am

    Apparently there were offensive chants about Collison’s dad, Davenport’s stabbing and Carlton Cole’s race.

    Class act.

  5. August 26, 2009 6:22 am

    Such acts bring shame to a beautiful sport like football

  6. August 26, 2009 10:00 am

    It was always going to kick off though, wasn’t it? These two have the more promimnent and publicised hooligan firms in English football and the authorities knew it (that’s why they covered up the Bobby Moore statue before the game). No surprises here for me I’m saddened to say.

  7. Petar permalink
    August 26, 2009 11:51 am

    Not good at all but can anyone actually be surprised by what happened?
    I say just be glad the two teams aren’t in the same division, what I’ve never understood is the history behind the hatred between the two teams, can someone give us some insight about that?
    As I know in most other European nations such as Serbia the biggest teams Red Star and Partizan are always going at it, but in this case they share a long and bloody history which also involved politics dating back to their inception.

  8. August 26, 2009 11:52 pm

    Miss Millwall fan…so you are upset that your teams fans get such bad press? Having lived in your teams catchment area and visiting the Den on many an occassion i can say hand on heart i have seen more trouble at your ground by your fans, than any other team in england. The Den is a nasty ground, with your much maligned fans living up to their tabloid copy print. Im not saying you or your family are hooligans, but i was shocked by some of the stuff i saw and heard over the last few years there (i once saw a man beat his father to the ground because of some stupid dispute..just one of many bizarre incidents ive witnessed at the den)

    however on this occasion it seems that west ham (who have also had that firm element like millwall) are mainly to blame. they are not fans…just fat old men and their thick brethren who crave a return to the late seventies. idiots all of them.

    well it aint gonna happen. i was going to write an article next week about all seater stadium, but this match and its incidents have already proven a point i am yet to articulate. ban all the fcukers..lock them up and throw away the key…


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