Wigan pulled off a comfortable win over Millwall to take them into the FA Cup final, in a Wembley clash marred by fighting from Millwall fans in the stands.

Several images of bloodied supporters were beamed by the broadcasters after in-fighting began. Police belatedly appeared in a bid to halt the minority fighting, only for the contingent to turn on them.

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Trouble breaks out between Millwall supporters during the FA Cup with Budweiser Semi Final match between Millwall and Wigan Athletic at Wembley Stadium

The fighting erupted shortly after Callum McManaman's clincher on 78 minutes. Broadcasters ESPN showed images of two young girls in tears.

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    A Millwall fan in the stands with a scarf saying 'No One Likes Us'

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    Trouble breaks out in the stands between the Millwall fans

ESPN initially said they had put off showing the footage of the violence in the stands, which co-commentator Craig Burley said made him feel "sick to the pit of your stomach".

The channel said it was "not our intention to glorify the idiots concerned by showing them", however they showed scenes of Millwall fans turning on police, while one supporter was seen with a policeman's hat he had stolen and smiling about it.

WATCH: VIDEO OF MILLWALL FANS FIGHTING

Police are reportedly sealing off Trafalgar Square, where thousands have gathered to celebrate Margaret Thatcher's death, out of fear the violence between Millwall followers could spread to central London.


Daniel Taylor
Police have gone in and now being attacked. Helmet pulled off and thrown etc etc. Batons out.


Booth
Looks like it's usual business for Millwall. A fan has just been carried out by paramedics after a fight......with another Millwall fan.


Mark Townsend
Police apparently sealing off Trafalgar Sq in case Millwall try and attack on way back from Wembley

A 2-0 victory with strikes from Shaun Maloney and McManaman secured the Latics’ first ever FA Cup final spot.

Millwall manager Kenny Jackett said when informed by Rebecca Lowe of the unsavoury scenes it was "the first I've heard of it" while his opposite number Roberto Martínez said "it was a shame".

The Lions have made strides to quell their reputation for hooliganism, which peaked during an FA Cup tie at Luton in 1985 during the Kenilworth Road riot.

Jackett later commented at his press conference: "If crowd trouble is continually brought up with Millwall, it is going to hold us back."

It is one of the most high-profile incidents of brutality at the new Wembley stadium. In September 2011, an England football supporter killed an innocent Wales fan outside the stadium.

Michael Dye, 44, died from head injuries inflicted by a single punch before the Euro 2012 qualifier and Ian Mytton was sentenced to three years after pleading guilty to manslaughter.

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  • Henry Winter

    Very sad pictures of a young girl in tears as the fighting broke out in the #millwall end. That picture will go round the world.

  • Tom Lennon

    Millwall fans scrapping with eachother and policmen! #Dicks

  • J.W.

    RT @Richard_Buxton_: Appalling to see Millwall fans fighting one another at Wembley. Minority of idiots once again doing English football great disservice #FACup

  • Vijay Bhangu

    Congratulations to Wigan on reaching the FA Cup Final. Shame on Millwall #wafc #millwallfc

  • Aimee Watts

    “@jessephilpot1: All millwall fans fighting each other what pikeys lol” 😂

  • Jack Jarv

    RT @FootyAccums: The #Millwall fans are a disgrace to English football.

  • Jamesy B

    RT @24646216: Millwall fan stole a police helmet. Not the sharpest tool are you? Think its funny now? Wait for the knock on yr door http://t.co/mCeVeRaev2

  • Danny Fitzpatrick

    Gutted I've missed the semi, from the sound of it Millwall took Millwall's end!

  • Windy Gale

    RT @Westie_Scott: Everyone can sit there from a neutral view with their own opinions. But as a millwall fan, I feel ashamed and embarrassed.

  • Jordann Kennedy

    Millwall fans are an embarrassment #badlosers

  • Andy Maclean

    RT @RealTamerHassan: I don't get why MILLWALL fans have to bash each other up #shameonyou

  • sickipediabot

    In the wake of former PM Margaret Thatchers death Millwall FC have announced they will back Thatcher's death with a minute of violence.

  • Artsoldier1

    What's that? A brawl broke out at a Millwall match? Surprise. Moronic Neanderthals. May they never reach top flight.