Tottenham Vs Millwall: Police struggle to control rival fans in ugly scenes outside White Hart Lane

Tom Powell

Police officers were forced to hold back football fans outside White Hart Lane today as the rivalry between Spurs and Millwall supporters threatened to boil over.

Pictures showed officers struggling to control fans as they made their way through north London ahead of the FA Cup match.

Multiple fans were seen being wrestled to the ground by police officers and restrained, while a smoke bomb was also thrown at one point.

Mobile phone footage shared on social media showed rival groups of fans chanting abuse at each other and throwing bottles as police officers, many on horses, fought to keep them apart.

In other pictures the Millwall fans, whose team plays in south east London, are seen gesturing with their arms in the air.

Crowd control measures were put in place at Seven Sisters Tube station as hordes of people were herded down to the station from White Hart Lane by police officers.

There were major fears that tensions between the two sets of fans could erupt into violence before the FA Cup match kicked off.

However, the crowds were largely kept under control and any serious violence was avoided.

Millwall, who play in League 1, went on to be thrashed 6-0 at the hands of Premier League giants Tottenham, who progress to the semi-finals of the FA Cup.

The game was soured by reports that South Korean forward Heung-min Son was the subject of alleged racist abuse from some fans.

A number of supporters could be heard chanting 'He's selling three for a fiver' at the player during the first half of the game.

Son scored a hat-trick for Spurs, while Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Vincent Janssen also got in on the act.

A Met Police spokesman said on Sunday evening that two people had been arrested and charged with public order act offences.