Steve Evans blasts fan trouble at Rotherham United v Millwall clash

Ian Holloway before trouble flared
Ian Holloway before trouble flared

Rotherham United manager Steve Evans has condemned crowd violence which broke out during and after today’s Rotherham United v Millwall clash at AESSEAL New York Stadium.

Millwall supporters tried to invade areas reserved for home followers as their side fell behind late on in a crucial Championship clash and had to be held back by a phalanx of stewards.

There was more serious trouble outside the ground involving Millwall fans, with reports of bricks being thrown, a female steward requiring medical attention and terrified families running for safety.

A heavy police presence managed to restore order.

Speaking after Rotherham’s 2-1 win, Evans said: “I haven’t seen those scenes, but if it’s untoward then the authorities will deal with that appropriately. There’s no excuse for it in football, is there?

“I’ve always taken the approach that football can very passionate. I don’t know what’s gone on today so I’m speaking blind on this.”

Millers supporters took to social media to vent their anger.

“What a disgrace, a seven-year-old getting smacked in the face,” said one.

“Disgusted with Millwall fans,” added another.

Millwall boss Ian Holloway said he’d been concentrating on the game and hadn’t seen the trouble inside the ground - even though it last several minutes - and then asked, what was he supposed to do about it?

Some of the 1,309 visiting fans had called for his sacking during the match.