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Marshall backed by boss over Leeds incident

2nd April 2019, 14:43 by Neil Foster

Manager Neil Harris has defended Millwall's Ben Marshall for his celebration that saw Leeds fans thrown missiles on the pitch.

Marshall, 28, slotted home a 55th-minute penalty to give the Lions a 2-1 lead against the Whites and celebrated his goal in front of United's supporters in the South Stand.

Tensions between the clubs have always been high and it was a catalyst for the home supporters to throw various objects at the former Leicester City man.

Leeds are facing the possibility of disciplinary action from the Football Association while Marshall has been criticised for his part in the incident.

However, Harris feels the blame lies with Leeds and suggested there are separate rules for bigger clubs.

He told the South London Press: "Is it common at Leeds? Do they get away with it? I don't know. It's not good in any football ground in any country.

"Marshy hasn't left the field of play. He's nowhere near the by-line. He is eight to 10 yards inside that.

"Various players get hit by coins, bottles and lighters. It is not acceptable in football grounds. Messages are sent out asking fans not to do it. Everybody has got a duty of care to stop that happening across the nation. It's going to take a serious incident for it to happen and that's not what we want to see."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Neil Foster is an experienced journalist who specialises in cricket and rugby union. Neil also has a solid knowledge of tennis, golf and football.

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