Crowd Trouble At Millwall vs Leeds United – No Surprises There, Then

It comes as no great surprise that there was crowd trouble at the match between Millwall and Leeds United on Saturday, but this doesn’t make another flaring of violence any more depressing. The timeline for these activities has become fairly predictable. The clubs’ supporters spend a week or two getting themselves worked up on social networking sites and message boards. Then, on the day, there are enormous amounts of rather feeble looking posturing, a few things get thrown around and everybody sings vile songs about each other. In the case of Millwall and Leeds, Millwall sing songs about Istanbul and Leeds sing songs about Neil Harris’ testicles. At the end of it all, everybody goes home and fulminates over how the other side is “scum”, seemingly without realising that they have more in common with each other than either side would like to admit. The one things that Leeds and Millwall have in common more than anything else is a bunker mentality that is best summed up by the familiar Millwall song: “no-one likes us, we don’t care”. Ironically, however, the “no-one likes us” part is something that supporters of both clubs could probably do something about if they chose to, but the “we don’t care” part indicates that they have no particular desire to improve their image or, more importantly, their actual behaviour. The reaction of Millwall would...

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