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Last Updated: Friday, 1 October, 2004, 14:00 GMT 15:00 UK
Uefa charges Ferencvaros
Ferencvaros fans
Uefa has brought charges against Hungarian champions Ferencvaros after crowd trouble and racist abuse during their Uefa Cup tie against Millwall.

Missiles were thrown during the match and Millwall's black players subjected to racist chants by local fans.

Uefa's control and disciplinary panel will deal with the case on Thursday.

But the hearing will not deal with the trouble in Budapest city centre beforehand which left two Millwall fans in hospital with stab wounds.

Millwall chairman Theo Paphitis has made a complaint to Uefa after having missiles thrown at him during the match, while Paul Ifill and Mark McCammon were both targeted with racist abuse by Ferencvaros fans.

"We could not leave our seats during the game due to the extra police who had to protect us," Paphitis told the London Evening Standard newspaper.

"It was like going back into the dismal time of football that we all try to forget.

"It was all the things we have spent the last six years trying to put behind us and move forward.

"A variety of things kept flying over. Anything from drink to coins and bits of food.

"When there are women and children there it is not on. It did get hairy at one stage and we missed about 10 minutes of the game because we had to turn around to deal with it.

"I have serious concerns about a number of issues surrounding this tie, including the provocation our supporters were subjected to inside the ground.

"Missiles were being thrown at us, our players were subjected to racial abuse and there was a lack of security where it was needed.

"The Uefa delegate witnessed the situation, and I will certainly be making my views known to Uefa."

Paphitis praised the club's players and fans for showing restraint in the face of serious provocation.

He added: "I am proud of the fans and players. I thought they were superb and they didn't react to any of the intimidation."

Report: BBC London's Geraint Hughes in Budapest

Interview: Millwall security chief Ken Chapman

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