On what should have been a weekend of great FA Cup semi-finals and a Tyne-Wear derby, two fixtures were marred by trouble both inside and outside of the ground.

On Saturday, Millwall met Wigan Athletic in the first FA Cup semi-final, in which Wigan won 2-0, but during the game, Millwall fans started fighting amongst each other, scenes that hadn't been seen on the terraces for years.

The Wembley stewards and Metropolitan Police were reluctant to step in and stop the violence from occurring, and the fighting was witnessed by young children and families alike, who were left visibly upset by the ugly scenes. 

The fighting continued for some time. Police later said 11 arrests were made and four of their officers suffered minor injuries.

The Football Association will now launch an enquiry to the events. Alex Horne, general secretary of the FA, said: "We will look to ensure those involved are identified and we would call for criminal charges and a football banning order to be brought against them.

"The FA deplores the scenes which have taken place today, which are unacceptable."

After Sunday's Tyne-Wear derby, Newcastle fans tried to get to Sunderland fans as they made their way to Newcastle central station.

The so-called 'fans' emptied bins and threw bottles and glasses, fighting with police.

The ugly scenes left three police officers injured and 27 arrests were made. A police spokeswoman said: "The most serious incident involved a group of Newcastle fans in Central Station attempting to confront Sunderland supporters, but they were intercepted by officers from British Transport Police."

Is football hooliganism creeping its way back into football or is it a one-off incident? For the sake of the game, you have to hope that these are isolated incidents and that the game reverts to dominating the back pages again, rather than the front.


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