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Call to fine footy team for: Hammers Horror

PUBLISHED: 11:50 27 August 2009 | UPDATED: 17:05 25 August 2010

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25:  Stewards and Police stand in front of the Millwall fans during the Carling Cup second round match between West Ham United and Millwall at Upton Park on August 25, 2009 in London, England. Violence broke out between West Ham and Millwall supporters, prior to kick off in tonight's second round Carling Cup at Upton Park. According to reports bricks and bottles were being used as missiles as fans broke through a riot police divide. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: Stewards and Police stand in front of the Millwall fans during the Carling Cup second round match between West Ham United and Millwall at Upton Park on August 25, 2009 in London, England. Violence broke out between West Ham and Millwall supporters, prior to kick off in tonight's second round Carling Cup at Upton Park. According to reports bricks and bottles were being used as missiles as fans broke through a riot police divide. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

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MILLWALL fans have called for West Ham United to be fined claiming that lack of police and stewards led to violent clashes on and off the pitch on Tuesday.

MILLWALL fans have called for West Ham United to be fined claiming that lack of police and stewards led to violent clashes on and off the pitch on Tuesday.

The Football Association is investigating the cause of clashes between hundreds of football fans at the Carling Cup match.

But fans claim the route to the Boleyn Ground, in Upton Park, was under policed with witnesses claiming bricks and bottles were thrown before the match even kicked off.

A surge at the turnstiles resulted in the gates opening and Millwall fans flooding in without their tickets being checked, they said.

Millwall fan Bertie Braidwood, whose ticket wasn't checked, said his worries started when he arrived at London Bridge station to get the tube to Upton Park.

The 22-year-old plumber, who grew up in Bexleyheath, said: "There were no police at the London Bridge station.

"I thought that was odd with Millwall's history. The train was full to capacity. Then it just stopped in the tunnel before Upton Park for about 40 minutes. There were commuters on there too so it was hot and getting dangerous. It didn't stop at Upton Park so we had to get off at West Ham, where there were no police at all.

"There was a whole train full of fans which I thought was just Millwall walking through the back streets of East London singing Millwall songs. I felt exposed. There were no police to be seen.

"Then a section of fans started chanting West Ham chants and it kicked off."

Only at the stadium did he see police officers dealing with the crowds, he said.

He added: "I saw people throwing punches and the police looked as scared as the fans themselves.

"When Millwall play Charlton there is a line of police going back to Lewisham. There are police on horses and about 5,000 police.

"Tuesday night was ridiculous. The club should be fined for not having enough stewards."

Another fan from Sidcup, who did not want to be named, said: "I would just like to make clear the complete negligence and incompetence of the police.

"There were several incidents along the way involving fans, but no police to sort it out.

"As I got to the ground, I could see the away stand and where I needed to make my way, all of a sudden it really kicked off, with fans punching each other not really knowing who's who, it was total carnage, like a scene from The Football Factory."

Millwall steward and Greenwich University graduate Matthew Dando, 26, described the violence as 'shameful', adding: "It was gratuitous violence. There were some people who weren't happy with the ticket allocation which may be why it happened.

"At Millwall we have at least two to three hundred stewards per match and people at the entrances and exits to restrict trouble happening. It can happen but you have to make them aware that if there are any incidents they will be banned."

West Ham United bosses said they are investigating the events and will take the "strongest possible action against anyone found responsible, including life bans."

Committee member of the Millwall supporters' club George Lampey, from Swanley, said the lack of tickets allocated to the fans resulted in some of the violence outside of the stadium because those without tickets turned up and caused trouble.

This echoed the warning the chief executive of Millwall Andy Ambler gave to police ahead of the match about his fans' frustration about not being able to get their hands on a ticket.

Mr Lampey said: "Part of the trouble was because we never had a full allocation of tickets. We were allocated 3,000 and that got halved on the advice of the police."

A statement from Millwall Football Club read: "Any Millwall supporter identified as being involved in criminal activity relating to the events of August 25 will receive an indefinite ban from the club.

"At the same time, we would like to thank the vast majority of the 2,300 Lions fans at the ground for supporting the team in the appropriate manner.

"We trust that all aspects of planning and preparation for this match will be thoroughly investigated."

Chief Superintendent Steve Wisbey said: "Officers responded swiftly whilst missiles were being thrown as they tried to separate fans outside the ground after the match.

"Incidents of this nature at a match are thankfully rare, but it would appear that a small number of supporters were intent on causing a confrontation.

"A team of dedicated police officers will be reviewing all the events that took place that night and will be looking at CCTV both inside and outside the ground to identify evidence of offences and offenders.

"We will proactively seek to obtain football-banning orders for those responsible so they will not be permitted in stadiums throughout the country or abroad."

Thirteen people were arrested on Tuesday and a 43-year-old man was stabbed in Priory Road, Upton Park at 8.03pm, who at the time of going to press was in hospital in a stable condition.

marina.soteriou@archant.co.uk

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