Football's night of shame

Redknapp: Millwall and Hammers must never meet

August 27, 2009
By Soccernet staff

Former West Ham United manager Harry Redknapp believes the Hammers and Millwall should never again be allowed to meet following the violent scenes that marred Tuesday night's Carling Cup clash.

One man was stabbed in clashes between the bitter rivals around Upton Park and Redknapp used his column in The Sun to explain how the trouble made him feel sick to the very pit of his stomach.

The Football Association, police and both clubs are all investigating the trouble and Redknapp, now in charge at Tottenham Hotspur, believes it should never be allowed to happen again.

He said: "I don't like saying this but I am afraid there is only one answer if the Hammers and Lions are ever drawn to face each other again - put the balls back in the hat and draw them out again.

"When the two names were drawn together it was just asking for trouble and that is exactly what we got because of the history between them.

"And if they ever meet in the league then the game should be played behind closed doors because the human cost of these kind of disturbances is just too high to bear any longer."