Ambler: Millwall have bridges to rebuild after fan violence

© Edmund Boyden
© Edmund Boyden

MILLWALL chief executive Andy Ambler says the club’s reputation has been “severely damaged once again” as a result of crowd trouble at Wembley on Saturday.

The Lions’ FA Cup semi-final with Wigan was overshadowed by violent clashes amongst individuals seated in the Millwall end of the stadium, leading to 14 arrests with more expected to follow.

Ambler met with Football Association chairman David Bernstein and general secretary Alex Horne on Monday morning to discuss the fallout from the incident.

Ambler said afterwards: “The reputation of our club, which over the last few years has been steadily and painstakingly rebuilt, has been severely damaged once again.

“We understand that there are now bridges to be rebuilt and if there are lessons to be learned from the weekend I’m sure all parties will be keen to take them on board.”

Ambler said that the club had pledged their full support to both the FA and the police with regards to their investigations and that he was “determined that the perpetrators are brought to justice.”

He added: “At this stage, we are still awaiting details of the arrests that have been made already and understand that the police will want to identify others.

“Similarly, they will seek to discover what caused the disorder to occur and we are grateful for all the correspondence we have received from fans who were as appalled as we were by what went on.”

It is believed the FA have made clear that Millwall, as a club, are not under investigation. Horne said the governing body were looking into the disturbances on an “individual basis.”