Holloway appalled by treatment of Millwall fans at Leeds

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IAN Holloway launched a scathing attack on West Yorkshire Police after the force again imposed restrictions on Millwall fans travelling to Elland Road.

Around 180 Lions supporters were forced to drive to a motorway service station 15 miles from the ground to exchange a voucher for their match ticket before Saturday's 1-0 defeat.

Police filmed fans as they collected their £36-tickets from Wooly Edge at the side of the M1.

These restrictions have been in place since 2009 and have deterred many Millwall fans from attending fixtures at Leeds in recent seasons.

And Holloway said: "I'm fuming that my fans aren't allowed here.

"I've kicked up all sorts of stink here because the West Yorkshire Police are treating us like it's ten years ago.

"It's just wrong. We're no different to anybody else. Let us come up here and don't corral our fans [into a service station].

"The police should do their jobs. We brought around 100 fans today and I don't think that's fair because our fans should be treated like anyone else.

"Why can't the police deal with a Saturday afternoon? Why? It's about time the police had a look at themselves because they are wrong.

"We have made massive strides forward as a club and won an award for our family experience last year, so what are the police saying about us?

"My team needed a bit of extra support today. There were 24,000 Leeds fans here and we had 100, and that's what it felt like.

"I'm so proud of the fans who bothered to come because if I was being labelled by the police, do you think I'd buy a ticket to stand in the service station?

"I'd like to put two fingers up to whoever's telling us to do that because I don't think that's right.

"It used to be fashionable to go and have a fight somewhere but society was wrong, Millwall wasn't wrong.

"The game and society has moved on so we should be treated with the same respect as every other club. Why can't the police do their jobs?

"I want some respect to be shown to our fans by West Yorkshire Police. Our fans are decent people and my team deserved better today.

"That might have made a difference. It's totally unfair. Leeds can bring as many fans as they like to The Den so why can't we do the same?

"We only get treated like this at Leeds by West Yorkshire Police. Everywhere else, it's not an issue."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

77 thoughts on “Holloway appalled by treatment of Millwall fans at Leeds

  • February 14, 2015 at 20:10
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    Sound bites. We all know what is going on. Why is there no quote from Ambler? Why are questions not being asked? Why do we let people tread on us?

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  • February 14, 2015 at 20:20
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    Impose the same restriction on weeds, simple, or we will keep getting mugged off every year.
    Funny how a so called big club can't handle a little club from South London, w******.

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    • February 14, 2015 at 20:41
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      @jdt1885: Most of the ticket allocatiion and prices in the championship are based purely on a reciprocal basis. Why then we we allow it? I can imagine telling Leeds-You want tickets for the Den? See you on the M25 mate! That might get a few of their season ticket holders addressing their own club, and the police looking at their West Yorkishire force and saying ?Why?'
      It's about time someone with a bit of guts in our own boardroom stood up for us and get it sorted. Shameful they don't. I'm talking to you Ambler.

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      • February 14, 2015 at 20:50
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        @NICKOLA:

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    • February 15, 2015 at 12:26
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      @jdt1885: the reason we don't stop leeds fans 60k, thats what we would lose on the gate, personally i would stop them , then they might kick up enough fuss and let us up there on equal terms.

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