Police condemn ‘shocking’ violence at Millwall-Everton FA Cup tie

Calm before the storm: Outside ‘The Den’ before the Millwall vs Everton FA Cup tie. (Getty Images)
Updated 28 January 2019

Police condemn ‘shocking’ violence at Millwall-Everton FA Cup tie

  • An Everton supporter suffered a ‘life-changing injury’ after an attack from a Millwall fan during ugly scenes in south London before kick-off on Saturday
  • Millwall chief executive Steve Kavanagh said the incidents had marred the 3-2 win for the Championship side against their Premier League opponents

LONDON: Police on Monday condemned violent clashes between Millwall and Everton fans at their weekend FA Cup clash as “some of the most shocking football violence we have seen for some time.”
An Everton supporter suffered a “life-changing injury” after an attack from a Millwall fan during ugly scenes in south London before kick-off on Saturday.
The injured man named himself on social media as Jay Burns, posting an image showing a long scar down the right side of his face, while a police officer was also injured.
The Metropolitan Police are also investigating allegations of racist chanting during the match, some of which was captured on video and posted on social media.
“The disorder which occurred before, during and after the Millwall v Everton Cup match on Saturday, 26 January was some of the most shocking football violence we have seen for some time,” said deputy assistant commissioner Matt Twist.
“The abhorrent behavior lasted a number of hours, involved dozens of people, and resulted in at least one serious injury.
“One man was taken to hospital with a horrific, life-changing injury to his face. One of our officers was also injured, and has now been discharged from hospital.”
The Football Association has said it is investigating while Millwall have pledged to hand out life bans to anyone found guilty.
Millwall chief executive Steve Kavanagh said the incidents had marred the 3-2 win for the Championship side against their Premier League opponents, but believes the blame cannot be pinned solely on the football club.
“Millwall Football Club cannot be responsible for educating the whole of south east London and this group of people,” he told BBC Radio.
“We need to all come together and find a way of trying to get this education,” he added. “Football is fantastic, let’s use its place in society to educate people and find a way of doing that and really coming together.”


Man City’s court triumph set to intensify race for top 4 places in Premier League

Updated 14 July 2020

Man City’s court triumph set to intensify race for top 4 places in Premier League

  • The fight for a top-five finish has reverted back to needing to be in the top four to join champion Liverpool and City, already secured in second place

LONDON: Manchester City’s success in overturning its Champions League ban on Monday has huge ramifications on the Premier League and the remaining two teams that will qualify for Europe’s top club competition.

Chelsea, Manchester United and Leicester — and maybe Wolverhampton Wanderers and Sheffield United, too — are now fighting for two qualifying spots instead of three with two weeks of the season remaining.

The fight for a top-five finish has reverted back to needing to be in the top four to join champion Liverpool and City, already secured in second place, in earning tens of millions of dollars in UEFA prize money next season.

The most concerned team is likely to be Leicester.

In the top four since September — and, in December, even looking like the most realistic title challenger to Liverpool — Leicester have imploded, collecting only two wins from their last 11 league games stretching back to the end of January.

After losing to relegation-threatened Bournemouth 4-1 on Sunday, Leicester will find themselves  in fifth place if Man United beat  Southampton on Monday.

United appears much more likely to secure a top-four finish and return to the Champions League after a season’s absence.

With four straight wins ahead of the Southampton game, United are the form team in the league and also has the most benign remaining schedule with upcoming matches against Crystal Palace and West Ham before what could be a winner-takes-all game game at Leicester on the final weekend of the season.

Making it all the more intriguing is the fact that another final-day match is between Chelsea and Wolves.

Chelsea is currently in third place, one point ahead of Leicester, but will drop into fourth if United beat  Southampton.

A victory over already-relegated Norwich on Tuesday appears pivotal for Chelsea, considering its last two games are at Liverpool — a team chasing records to cap its title-winning season — and then Wolves, who have gained a reputation for beating the top teams over the last two years.

Wolves are in sixth place, four points off the top four, so the ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport has come as a blow to their Champions League ambitions.

Indeed, Wolves’ best chance of qualifying for the competition is now to win the Europa League, which earns entry to the Champions League. The team coached by Nuno Espirito Santo has reached the last 16 of the Europa League and will play the second leg of its match against Olympiakos next month, with the score at 1-1 after the first leg.

Likewise, seventh-place Sheffield United needed City to lose its appeal at sport’s highest court to stand a realistic chance of a finish in the Champions League positions, a prospect that would have seemed fanciful for a team that was widely tipped for relegation at the start of the season.

Europa League qualification will be Sheffield United’s target now, with seventh place possibly earning that reward if Manchester City, Manchester United or Chelsea win the FA Cup.