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Hooliganism Returns to England
Guardian, April 15th, 2013 12:32PM
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Violent scenes marred two games in England over the weekend. First, police made 14 arrests following Wigan Athletic’s 2-0 FA Cup semifinal win against Millwall at Wembley on Saturday. Then, on Sunday, police made 29 arrests in Newcastle’s city center, where Newcastle and Sunderland fans clashed, following the Black Cats’ 3-0 win at Sports Direct Arena.

Of the 14 arrests made at Wembley, 12 were Millwall fans, who strangely enough, were mostly fighting amongst themselves. After the game, Wigan owner Dave Whelan said, “I can't understand why the Millwall fans would fight each other. I understand if they want to fall out with the visiting team, but why would they fall out amongst themselves? It just gives football a very, very poor reputation. We know Millwall are a tough club, their team's tough to play, the supporters are straight through. But don't fight each other."

The FA said it would push for criminal charges and bans, where necessary, while Millwall said those involved would be banned indefinitely from its games. Wigan, meanwhile, has just qualified for its first FA Cup final.

Over in Newcastle, home team supporters confronted victorious Sunderland fans at the city’s Central Station, leading to 29 arrests and three wounded police officers. Newcastle has said it will impose lifetime bans on any supporters found guilty of involvement in the city center skirmish.

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