Millwall fans arrested at West Yorkshire play-offs

The New Den, home of Millwall FC. Picture by: Nikki Marra

The first leg of the League One play-offs between Huddersfield Town and Millwall ended in violence and the arrest of three Millwall fans for public order offences.

The play-off for promotion into the Championship saw sixth-place Huddersfield face third-place Millwall. Following the 0-0 result, fans on both sides are said to have thrown bottles onto the pitch and between each other. West Yorkshire police entered the visitors section of Huddersfield’s Galpharm Stadium with batons to restore order amongst the fans.

A spokesman for West Yorkshire police said the trouble was quickly dissipated.

Earlier this week, West Yorkshire Police joined forces with the Metropolitan Police officers in London to make thirteen arrests after trouble at a previous fixture between the two teams.

An incident occurred in the Waterloo area of Huddersfield after Millwall’s 1-0 defeat on April 16.  It is thought to have involved 40 people and police have said they are examining CCTV footage to identify others.

West Yorkshire police travelled to Lewisham to arrest eight men aged between 30 and 53 on Wednesday and another five were questioned in Huddersfield yesterday.  All were arrested on suspicion of violent disorder and released on bail with conditions banning them from attending any football matches.

The two teams will play the second leg at the New Den on Tuesday night.

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