hooligans gloat over stabbing
Hooligans gloated today over the violent clashes between West Ham and Millwall fans.
At least one man was stabbed and 21 others injured in scenes like “a horror film” inside and outside West Ham's Upton Park stadium last night.
Terrified families were caught up in the violence as up to 1,000 police struggled to contain the “pre-planned and organised” attacks.
On Millwall Online this morning, under the chatroom heading “Someone stabbed” one fan writes: “Let's just pray that whoever it is pulls through ok... unless they're a West Ham ****, then let them die.”
West Ham supporters also applauded the violence. One said: “Nights like last night make me want to go back to Upton Park again more regularly… the passion and atmosphere.”
Another Hammers fan told how they ignored court orders barring them from the ground, saying on West Ham Online: “Broke my banning order restrictions… am confident of getting away with it.”
At least 10 people were arrested as rival supporters clashed before, during and after the Carling Cup match.
A 44-year-old man was stabbed in the chest outside the ground before the game. He was in a stable condition today, while two others were taken to hospital with less serious injuries. A second man was seen being treated for a bleeding neck wound and told paramedics “they've shanked me”, according to witnesses.
Other people were treated for minor injuries at the scene.
Resident Mansoor Haider, 24, said: “It was carnage. I saw a man being pelted with bricks. Blood was pouring from his head but they didn't stop. They were going at each other like wild animals. It was like a war zone.”
Another said: “It was like a scene for a horror film.” The trouble first flared at around 6pm as Millwall fans emerged from Upton Park Tube station.
They were attacked by West Ham supporters lying in wait. The fighting spread half a mile down Green Street.
Inside the ground, West Ham fans invaded the pitch three times, taunting Millwall players and forcing the referee to suspend play for a while.
A Scotland Yard spokeswoman said officers were now scanning cctv
footage to identify those behind the clashes. The Football Association said it would work with the police to ensure the culprits were banned for life.
Mayor Boris Johnson posted a message on Twitter today to condemn the violence. Pop star Lily Allen pleaded for the fighting to stop on her Twitter page, saying her brother Alfie's girlfriend, actress Jaime Winstone, was at the game.
Jaime's father, actor Ray Winstone, is a well-known West Ham fan and featured in a poster campaign advertising the club's new home kit. source