Two clubs' proposals rejected
We are aware that Leeds United have made significant efforts with, and put detailed proposals to, West Yorkshire Police to remove the requirement for Millwall supporters to report to a nominated service station to exchange vouchers for match tickets.
As a club we have also done everything possible to support Leeds United to achieve this.
West Yorkshire Police have rejected these approaches which both clubs felt would be more appropriate after three seasons of the voucher system with no significant disorder at the Elland Road fixtures. One of those matches coincided with the death of Gary Speed, when our fans received widespread recognition and appreciation for their respectful behaviour.
Millwall Chief Executive Andy Ambler said: "I must apologise to Lions fans who will be affected by this because we genuinely believed we were on the verge of an agreement that would have enabled them to go straight to Elland Road this time.
With so many games coming up now in a short period of time, including our FA Cup Quarter Final against Blackburn, I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if many of our supporters took the view that going to Leeds is becoming too much like hard work and they would rather spend their money on a Cup ticket for example.
That would be a shame because we should be in the business of making it easier for people to attend football matches rather than more difficult, but under the circumstances it would be quite understandable."