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FA Calls For Strong Measures Against Violent Millwall Fans
Sky Sports Online, January 26th, 2009 3:15PM

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The English Football Association has called for "the strongest possible sanctions" against Millwall fans found guilty of violence and vandalism during Saturday's fourth round FA Cup defeat at Hull City. A section of the visiting support ripped out 50 seats, threw missiles, and destroyed toilets before, during and after the game. Police made 12 arrests.

"These are the sorts of things we never want to see in a football stadium," an FA statement said. "We are working with the clubs and the police to investigate what happened. The priority is to identify the individuals who were responsible and we would like to see anyone found guilty of football-related violence given the strongest possible sanctions, including banning orders from attending matches in this country."

Hull released a statement declaring that Millwall fans "arrived with the single intention of causing maximum disruption." Millwall said it was determined to "rid the club of the element that caused problems." Although Millwall fans have had a reputation for causing trouble since the 1970s, violence inside soccer stadiums has been rare in recent years thanks to CCTV, all-seater stadiums, and the evolution of fan culture.

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