Millwall and Newcastle not symptomatic of new English Disease
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Football is our national sport here in the UK, and as such, it means an awful lot to an awful lot of people. Every week, almost a million people are welcomed through the gates of league and non-league football stadiums up and down the country. It’s an intrinsic part of so many people’s lives; some get the club crest tattooed over their heart, others name their child after footballing heroes, and a few go as far as to get married on the pitch. The overwhelming majority of people that enjoy football enjoy it in a friendly, peaceful and positive manner. That’s precisely why it’s so damning when the minority make the headlines for football violence. Last weekend (13th-14th April) two high-profile incidents reopened the debate on football hooliganism. During Saturday’s FA cup semi-final between Millwall and Wigan, Millwall fans attacked each other. Two men, drunk, began arguing, shoving each other into members of the crowd around them, including children. Their friends took sides. It was a noticeable amount of time before the police arrived, supposedly as they’d been dealing with another incident, causing the men that were previously fighting to round jointly upon them. 14 arrests were made, under accusations of assault, affray, and possession of Class A drugs.
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