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It's our collective responsibility

22 April 2013

Chairman John more determined than ever

I have now had time to reflect on the events of the past few days.
The Sunday before last, I returned home to the States with my family with a real sense of devastation.
Of course, we all dreamed of reaching the FA Cup Final, but on the day Wigan played very well, and in spite of our best efforts in the second
half, deserved to win the game.
The greater sense of frustration for me, was the fact that no-one was interested in talking about the football, or our achievement in reaching the semi-finals of that great competition. It was rather, the actions of a group of morons, highlighted by TV cameras and countless photos, that blighted what should have been a great occasion for us and for Wigan, and at a stroke undid so much good work that has been done at Millwall over many years.
Contrary to some opinions I am not going to run from this, but I believe it to be our collective responsibility to see an end to it. We know we are better than this. And yes, one way or another, I would love a quick return visit to see Millwall play at Wembley again. 
I firmly hope that the perpetrators will be brought to justice and penalised heavily for their actions.
For the rest of us, we have to regroup and re-focus on the progression we have been making on and off the field.
We now have a bigger job in front of us to rebuild our reputation and change the public perception of us. I am encouraged that, for the most
part, the media has taken a balanced view in terms of what happened, and understand the work we have done to ensure that the unpleasant scenes at Wembley are a rarity these days.
Clearly, though, there is more to be done, and now, more than ever, we need all our genuine fans, who were hurt as much as I was by last
Saturday's events, to join with us in finding ways to prevent there ever being a repeat.

John Berylson, Chairman Millwall FC

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