Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Wilkins Expresses Sorrow for Stab Victims

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Wilkins Expresses Sorrow for Stab Victims

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Ray Wilkins expressed his sadness after learning four Millwall fans had been stabbed prior to the London club's defeat by Ferencvaros in Budapest last night.

Violence overshadowed the the build-up to the Uefa Cup first-round second-leg match, and an Englishman was left with life-threatening injuries following a knife attack in the hours before kick-off. "I didn't know about the stabbings," said Wilkins. "But if that is the case, then I am extremely disappointed."

When the football finally began, Millwall were undone by three goals in 14 first-half minutes from Ferencvaros, who move into the second-round group stages of the Uefa Cup thanks to this win, which sealed a 4-2 aggregate triumph.

Denes Rosa, Sorin Botis and Robert Vagner were on target for the home side and, although player-manager Dennis Wise scored for Millwall in first-half injury time, the Championship club could not recover.

But it was not for want of trying as Millwall put on a spirited second-half showing which, on another day, could have seen them score the three goals required to take them through. …

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