Footy Shorts: Millwall fan faces life ban
Sunday 19 September 2010
Millwall will ban for life the hooligan fan who chased Watford's Lloyd Doyley around the pitch yesterday – while another Lions supporter has been arrested for attacking the pitch invader, writes Alistair Grant. The first fan, a member of the armed services, invaded The Den pitch and pursued the right-back Doyley, who ran in the opposite direction before the supporter was bundled off the pitch by a steward and Lions striker Neil Harris. The man then scuffled with security staff and other Millwall fans, including a 41-year-old man who has been arrested on suspicion of assault. Millwall said the first fan will be charged with entering the field of play and is set to be banned for life. The club will also file a report to the FA, who are set to investigate the arrests in the latest hooligan probe to involve Millwall. The incidents happened 11 minutes after Doyley had been booked for a late tackle in front of fans of Millwall, who were losing 2-0 at the time – they lost the match 6-1.
Giggs 'can't manage Wales'
Ruud Gullit says it would be impossible for Ryan Giggs to become a player-manager, writes Phil Cadden. The Manchester United midfielder has been earmarked as the long-term successor to John Toshack, who departed last week. The Football Association of Wales have appointed Brian Flynn as the caretaker manager for next month's Euro 2012 double-header against Bulgaria and Switzerland. But Gullit, who combined a dual role at Chelsea from 1996 to 98, insists the workload would be too much for 36-year-old Giggs until he retires. Gullit, 48, said: "Ryan can't be a player-manager. I did it but it's not possible now. You can only do one at a time. He is still playing so the Wales job has come too soon. Firstly, he needs to coach at a club and maybe work with the youth team at United and gain experience." Gullit was the first non-British manager to win a major trophy in England when Chelsea lifted the 1997 FA Cup.
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