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06 August 2017

Millwall forced to introduce a compulsory photo ID for travelling fans after Wembley pitch invasion

MILLWALL will be forced to introduce a compulsory photo ID card scheme for their travelling fans.

The EFL have ordered the move after some supporters ran on to the Wembley pitch at the end of their League One play-off final 1-0 win against Bradford in May.

Some Millwall fans ran onto the Wembley after their play-off win
Some Millwall fans ran onto the Wembley after their play-off win
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Bradford players were taunted on the field in ugly scenes
Bradford players were taunted on the field in ugly scenes
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Plans to punish the Lions by making them the first club in the country to pay for policing at AWAY games have been shelved after protests from the club.

But Millwall have to agree to only sell tickets for their Championship away games to fans who have signed up for a new identity card scheme.

Fans will then have to carry their photo ID cards to away matches where they will be checked by Lions’ stewards to ensure they match the ticket purchased.

Millwall are the first club to have this tough measure imposed on fans.

Former PM Margaret Thatcher tried to introduce a nationwide identity card scheme for football fans after Millwall fans rioted at an FA Cup tie at Luton in 1985.

But it was defeated as it was considered too draconian and an infringement of civil liberties.

Neil Harris and Steve Morison try to calm down fans
Neil Harris and Steve Morison try to calm down fans
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The Lions are the first club to be hit with the penalty
The Lions are the first club to be hit with the penalty
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Millwall fans get onto the pitch after the final whistle of Playoff Final

EFL chiefs have ordered it this time in a bid to put an end to any future crowd disorder at Millwall matches.

The Lions, who took 28,000 fans to Wembley, will also have their ticket allocation slashed should they play at the national stadium again.

Steve Morison celebrates with the trophy after securing promotion
Steve Morison celebrates with the trophy after securing promotion
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Millwall will be forced to issue photo IDs to travelling supporters
Millwall will be forced to issue photo IDs to travelling supporters
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Millwall and Bradford football fans fight outside Wembley at play-off final

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