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Bradford boss McCall says he “was close to clocking a couple” of Millwall fans

Date Posted,May 20, 2017

Bradford boss Stuart McCall claims he was “verbally assaulted” by Millwall supporters and “was close to clocking a couple” after the pitch invasion that followed the League One play-off final at Wembley.

Veteran striker Steve Morison stole in at the far post as the tie appeared destined for extra-time to grab an 85th-minute winner – his 19th of the season – and end their two-year absence from the Championship.

At full-time, with Millwall players jubilant and Bradford players dejected on the field, supporters from the south London club ran onto the field.

While some were simply celebrating promotion, others used the opportunity to goad those remaining in the Bradford end – as well as Bantams chief McCall and his staff.

Stuart McCall manager of Bradford City looks dejected (Photo: Getty Images Europe)
Milwall fans invade the pitch (Photo: X01095)
Another Millwall supporter (Photo: PA)
A host of the south London club’s fans (Photo: PA)

The Bradford boss hit out stating: “Wembley have got to learn now. Everyone in the whole place knew the fans were coming on.

“I don’t understand supporters coming on to have a go at myself, my staff and the players when they’ve won a game. They were in my face. I was verbally assaulted, not physically. Just enjoy your moment.

“I was close to clocking a couple [of them] who were coming up in my face. That’s not sour grapes; it’s something we’ve got to learn from. Five or 10 minutes after the event, an army of stewards walk on. Where were they straight after the game when they should have been on the halfway line?

Was the stewarding up to scratch, questioned McCall (Photo: PA)
McCall applauds his own supporters (Photo: PA Wire)
Morison was similarly frustrated with his own fans (Photo: PA)

“It’s not just Millwall. Come on the pitch – that’s fine. Stay in your own half, celebrate with your own players and your own team. You don’t need to start goading. We feel bad enough as it is. It’s not nice, is it?”

Millwall match-winner Morison was unhappy with his own supporters also.

The veteran hitman, talking to Sky Sports, said: “I can’t talk, they are annoying me. They’ve ruined this for everyone.”

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