Wigan's historic FA Cup run overshadowed by violence in semi-final

Last Updated: 29/04/13 11:30am

The journalists on the Sunday Supplement reflected on an ugly and shameful day for football, as Wigan's FA Cup win was overshadowed by events off the pitch.

Premier League side Wigan reached an FA Cup final for the very first time with a 2-0 victory over Millwall, but violence among fans inside Wembley dominated Sunday's backpages.

Jason Burt (Sunday Telegraph) said: "When I was writing the match report I just wanted to focus on Wigan and their achievements - for boss Roberto Martinez and more so for chairman Dave Whelan who took over the club when they were in the fourth tier.

"But you simply couldn't not write about the violence. It was horrendous. I felt quite queasy leaving the stadium. Closer to the final there will be lots of stories about the club. They are a team who play in the right way and you have to admire how they've developed. Their run is a great news story but it's totally being overshadowed.

"The atmosphere actually started OK. It was lively but then it developed sporadically during the game and there was anger and outrage around us. It started as a small group of fans and it went on for a long time. With it being shown live on TV and the pictures of children crying - it was a very ugly, embarrassing and shameful day."

Sam Wallace of The Independent believes the problem may have originated from tickets getting into the hands of rival fans with some reports suggesting the official agency used by the Championship side put tickets on general sale eight days before kick-off.

"It doesn't look as though it was hard to get hold of tickets," Wallace told Sunday Supplement.

"There have been events like this - not on this scale - but there were serious complaints made to the Football League by Blackpool fans after the play-off between their club and West Ham last year.

"It's becoming a problem when one club puts tickets up for general sale, meaning the tight control they have on who is buying tickets is lost and they run the risk of allowing other people in.

"Anybody convicted of violent disorder on Saturday will go to prison. The courts will be quite tough on that. There will be a big call for banning the fans but if convicted then that will happen."