Date: 24th May 2017 at 11:39am
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The English Football League (EFL) has condemned the actions of the Millwall fans who invaded Wembley on Saturday, more so those who goaded boss Stuart McCall and several Bradford players.

Jubilation at securing promotion to the Championship is understandable but a pitch invasion at the national stadium shouldn’t happen, it isn’t something that should be possible in fact.

However, once this did happen this goading was ‘completely unacceptable’ and the EFL has said so in a statement released.

The BBC quote this EFL statement: ‘The EFL will be writing to Stuart McCall and his Bradford team to apologise. It is a criminal offence to enter the playing area and whilst some of those who made the decision to break the law did so to celebrate their team’s success back to the Championship, a mindless few opted to goad the Bradford City players. Their actions were completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated by the EFL.’

Millwall boss Neil Harris and a number of Lions players did what they could to shepherd the fans off the pitch with his actions, and subsequent apology to Bradford, commended.

‘The efforts of the Millwall manager (Neil Harris) and some of his players to remove the offenders from the pitch should be complemented, as should Harris’ appropriate and welcome apology on behalf of his club.’

Commenting after Steve Morison’s late goal condemned Bradford to a 1-0 defeat at Wembley on Saturday, McCall wasn’t at all impressed, not just by the invasion and goading but the lack of a stewarding intervention.

He told BBC Radio Leeds: ‘We’re absolutely distraught, we wanted to clap our own fans, the last thing we need is people running around us and giving us verbals. I think it’s nonsense. Ten minutes later an army of stewards comes on when they should have been on straight after the final whistle and stood on the halfway line.’

McCall said he was close to ‘clocking’ some: ‘I don’t understand why people feel they need to come over to players, intimidate us and wind us up. I was close to clocking a couple. I’m not necessarily blaming the people who did it but where was the stewarding? Why march them out 10 minutes afterwards? They should have got to the halfway line straight away and stopped anyone from coming over.’

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