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Millwall criticise media 'agenda'

Millwall fans celebrating Neil Harris's goal
Harris's 71st-minute goal sparked a mini pitch invasion

Millwall have accused the media of "highly sensationalised" and "factually incorrect" coverage of their League One play-off semi-final against Leeds.

Neil Harris scored the only goal as the Lions won the first leg at The Den 1-0.

A number of home fans ran on to the pitch on Saturday and Leeds keeper Casper Ankergren appeared to be pushed and have a cigarette thrown at him.

A Millwall statement said: "It is clear certain journalists were sent to The Den with their agenda already formed."

Four spectators were arrested at the game and the Football Association will investigate the crowd trouble.

The statement continued: "The facts were not allowed to get in the way of a 'good story' and as such the events were portrayed in certain quarters in the most graphic terms that were factually incorrect.

"The only regrettable incident during the afternoon followed Millwall's goal when two fans managed to elude the stewards and taunt the Leeds goalkeeper.

"It appears that a cigarette was also thrown which made no contact with the goalkeeper, who may also have been pushed in the back.

"Millwall and Leeds United have worked tirelessly to overcome the problems they have faced over the years in this respect.

"Journalists and the media have a duty to play their part by reporting factually and responsibly."



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see also
FA to probe Millwall fan trouble
10 May 09 |  Millwall
Ankergren fumes at Millwall fans
09 May 09 |  Leeds
Millwall 1-0 Leeds
09 May 09 |  League One
Ankergren earns League One prize
09 Oct 07 |  Leeds
Leeds boosted by keeper signing
07 Aug 07 |  Leeds


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