Breaking News: Strong Violence At West Ham Match

By M@ Last edited 105 months ago
Breaking News: Strong Violence At West Ham Match


The BBC are reporting chaotic scenes at Upton Park, where scuffles involving brick- and bottle-throwing have broken out between West Ham and Millwall fans. One eye-witness describes the scene as the 'worst hooliganism he had seen in 30 years'. More news from the Carling Cup fixture as it happens.

20:50 Sky News report that one man has been stabbed in the chest outside the ground in Priory Road. Upton Park Tube station is currently closed.

21.00 Violence is still ongoing 'in pockets', according to Sky reporter. Police believe the clashes were 'organised' rather than spontaneous.

21.15 TfL are reporting delays to H&C line due to an 'earlier customer incident at West Ham'. Nice use of language.

Last Updated 25 August 2009


and on Twitter: @londontaximan: West ham & millwall fans having punch up at London bridge station.


The picture emerging is of large scale, pre-planned trouble involving hundreds of people. Because of the history of incidents between the clubs Millwall were restricted to only 1,000 fans in the ground, but, as usually these days when trouble occurs, the worst disturbances were away from the stadium. A steward speaking to BBC Five Live claimed that the numbers of stewards and police inside the ground was inadequate to cope with scores of supporters intent on invading the pitch as occurred several times during the game. From what I have seen on television I am bemused by the behaviour of some of the West Ham players who saw fit to celebrate goals by running towards sections of their crowd that the stewards were clearly struggling to hold back as well as apparently gesturing to Millwall's fans on their way past.


Violence at a West Ham-Millwall match? The hell you say.