Five people have already been arrested after ugly scenes involving the two groups of supporters
Police have released images of two men they are looking for in connection with violent scenes at Millwall’s game against Crystal Palace on Saturday January 8.
Five people were arrested after the match, where footage reportedly showed rival fans fighting, players booed for taking the knee, homophobic chants, a player hit by a bottle and a flare thrown onto the pitch.
A Millwall fan has been arrested for alleged discriminatory abuse, while two others were arrested for allegedly assaulting stewards and a fourth for an alleged pitch incursion. A Palace supporter has been arrested for allegedly using pyrotechnics.
Now officers have released photos of two men they would like to speak with about the disorder.
Five arrested after Millwall v Crystal Palace match
Inspector Matt Ashmead, of the Central Football Unit, said: “The vast majority of football fans go to matches just to have fun and support their team.
“Unfortunately, a small minority intends to stir up trouble and resort to violence. We are committed to identifying them and ensuring that they are liable to appropriate sanctions.
“We have a close relationship with London clubs and in this case we worked with Millwall to identify those involved.
“I would like to ask the public to provide any information that might help us identify the two men.”
The match, which ended 2-1 against Palace, was marred by several ugly scenes.
A scuffle between rival supporters outside the pitch forced police to intervene before the game, and boos could be heard as Palace players took the knee moments before kick-off.
In the second half, a flying bottle hit Palace midfielder Michael Olise, allegedly prompting him to taunt opposition supporters.
A flare was also launched onto the pitch by Crystal Palace fans outside and firecrackers were set off by the traveling support. Millwall supporters could be heard hurling homophobic slurs at the Palace starlet and Chelsea on loan Conor Gallagher, calling him a ‘boy for hire’.
Millwall bosses have condemned the behavior, alongside the Football Association, which has launched its own investigation.
In a statement released yesterday, Millwall FC CEO Steve Kavanagh said: “While the absolute majority of supporters behaved impeccably and did nothing but provide unwavering support to their team , there was a small group of people who sadly and depressingly overstepped the mark.”
In the statement, he said the club were launching a “Don’t be a Tosser” campaign and that in certain areas of the pitch – from this Saturday – they have no choice but to start decanting all the bottles in plastic cups.
He said: “This operational change will start in the Dockers stand (excluding the Zampa family stand) and throughout our hospitality area, but in the coming weeks it may well expand to all other areas of the stadium.
“It is essential that the staff who have to carry out this process are respected as it is not their choice, and although it was a difficult decision, the club simply have no other option. Any abuse towards them as they only give instructions would be obviously inappropriate and will not be accepted.
“Bringing bottles into the stadium has not been allowed for some time, which is a measure respected and followed by almost everyone and it is an inevitable extension of this policy which again aims to protect health and safety. safety of all spectators, the reputation of the club and therefore the interests of the majority of supporters.
Steve Kavanagh’s full message to the fan can be read HERE
Anyone with information about the two men pictured is asked to call police on 101, quoting 3200839/22.
Information may also be provided to Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.