Anger at Millwall and Newcastle fan violence

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Martin reports on the weekend's violent scenes

After a weekend of violence off the pitch, safety at football matches is back in the news.

At the FA Cup semi-final between Millwall and Wigan, supporters were injured, and younger fans left in tears as fighting broke out.

The following day, Newcastle supporters threw bottles at police and set bins on fire after their side's 3-0 defeat to local rivals Sunderland.

Bosses at Newcastle said those responsible would face lifetime bans.

In total 43 people were arrested in the two incidents, and the violence has raised questions in newspapers and on radio shows as to whether it's safe to take children to football games.

But the number of violent incidents at football matches is nowhere near the same level as it was 30 years ago.

Sports Minister Hugh Robertson said that "any suggestion this is a return to the bad old days of the 1970s and 1980s is wide of the mark".

To find out more, check out Martin's report.