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Police have condemned the “abhorrent behaviour” of Millwall and Everton fans before their FA Cup match on Saturday, in what has been described as “some of the most shocking football violence we have seen for some time”.

The clashes near The Den stadium in southeast London resulted in one man suffering a “horrific, life-changing” slash wound to his face, and allegedly included instances of racist chanting.

Millwall are investigating alongside the FA and the Metropolitan Police, with the club pledging that any supporters found guilty of such behaviour would be banned from the football ground for life.

Police have also said those involved face lifetime bans from attending football matches in future, with detectives confident they will soon identify dozens of fans involved in the mass violence.



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Millwall and Everton fans fight in street clash

An officer was among those hurt during the various incidents before, during and after the match.

Speaking on Monday, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Matt Twist said: “The abhorrent behaviour 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.

“I am confident we will soon know the identities of those involved.

“We will use this evidence and all of the tools within our power to locate the individuals involved in this ridiculous behaviour whether they come from London, Liverpool or elsewhere. We will bring them to justice.”

The injured man has identified himself as Everton fan Jay Burns – and on social media, he posted an image which showed a long scar running down the right side of his face.

Around 200 officers were deployed in anticipation of trouble
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Around 200 officers were deployed in anticipation of trouble

Mr Twist revealed that about 200 officers had been deployed to the stadium in anticipation of trouble, but soon needed to be joined by more who have received special training for public order situations.

He paid tribute to the “courage, professionalism and restraint” of those who responded, many of whom were the target of various missiles thrown by fans – including bottles, glass and furniture.

Coaches carrying Everton fans to the ground were also damaged.

Mr Twist estimated that up to 50 people were involved in the worst elements of the violence.

Millwall say supporters involved in the clashes will be banned from The Den for life
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Millwall say supporters involved in the clashes will be banned from The Den for life

No arrests have yet been made in connection with the violence or the alleged racist chanting, which was captured on video and shared widely on social media.

Millwall said it was “extremely disappointed” by the video, with anti-discrimination group Kick It Out calling for “swift, firm and decisive action against the perpetrators”.

Police are said to have a “highly skilled team closely reviewing this evidence as we speak”.

Millwall caused an upset by winning the match 4-2
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Millwall won the match against Everton 3-2

Mr Twist added: “We will use this evidence and all tools within our power to locate the individuals involved in this ridiculous behaviour, whether they come from London, Liverpool or elsewhere. We will bring them to justice.

“Once identified we will also proactively explore ways of restricting those intent on engaging in violence and disorder from attending these events in future.”

The dramatic fourth round match ended 3-2 to Championship side Millwall.

:: Anyone with information about the violence at Millwall should call police on 101 quoting CAD 5117/26 January, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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