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Last Updated: Monday, 4 October, 2004, 14:28 GMT 15:28 UK
Stabbed fan to take legal action
Gary Cable
Gary Cable was stabbed in the head and back
A Millwall football fan who was stabbed during the Uefa cup tie in Hungary has criticised a "complete lack of security" at the match.

Gary Cable, 43, from Orpington, Kent, was stabbed in the head and back in clashes before last week's 3-1 defeat by Ferencvaros in Budapest.

He said he is now considering legal action.

Uefa said it is to discuss this week the security arrangements and racist chanting by the home fans at the match.

Mr Cable was with three friends when a group of fans ran at them.

'Absolute nightmare'

"We managed to get away and was in the underground waiting for a train to get to the match when it happened," he told BBC News Online.

"These past few days have been an absolute nightmare, it was just horrific.

"They were just complete animals, the rival supporters were just pulling out knives and goading us in the street.

"There was no police around to stop them, there was just a complete lack of security."

Hungarian riot police arresting a football fan before the Ferencvaros Millwall match
Up to 3,000 Millwall fans travelled to Hungary for the match

Mr Cable said he would be talking to Uefa about what went wrong and why there was not adequate policing and will then take legal advice.

Uefa, European football's governing body, said it will hold a meeting on Thursday in which they will discuss the security arrangements and racist chanting by the Ferencvaros fans.

Millwall's security adviser Ken Chapman told BBC London on Sunday that Paul O'Kane, who was also stabbed before the match, was expected to be released from hospital at the end of the week.

Two others, less seriously injured in the clashes, have left hospital.

Up to 3,000 Millwall fans were in Hungary for the Uefa Cup first round second leg match, police said.

The Foreign Office said on Friday two of nine British fans arrested during violence in the city centre had been found guilty of disorderly conduct and criminal damage.




SEE ALSO:
Millwall slam Ferencvaros
01 Oct 04  |  Millwall
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Country profile: Hungary
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