Man arrested for stealing match ball from Sheffield United-Millwall game

Sheffield United's Leon Clarke looks on dejected aas Millwall's Steve Morison celebrates his goal during the League One match at The New Den Stadium, London. Picture date: August 20th, 2016. Pic David Klein/Sportimage 
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Sheffield United's Leon Clarke looks on dejected aas Millwall's Steve Morison celebrates his goal during the League One match at The New Den Stadium, London. Picture date: August 20th, 2016. Pic David Klein/Sportimage -------------------- Sport Image 16/17 CONT Millwall v Sheff Utd 20 August 2016 �2016 Sport Image all rights reserved
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A football fan was arrested after stealing the match ball from Sheffield United’s away game at Millwall FC on Saturday.

Police revealed they have arrested a Millwall fan after he stole the match ball when it was kicked off the pitch.

The Blades lost the League One game at The Den 2-1 after an 89th minute penalty.

Lewisham Police said that the club is ‘fully supporting’ police action and that the man who stole the ball was with his young son.

They announced on Twitter: “A male has been arrested for theft of the match ball @MillwallFC after it was kicked off and he took it out of the stadium.

“Millwall FC are fully supporting the police action. This sort of behaviour is not acceptable at Millwall FC. What made it worse was that the man was with his young son.

“Unacceptable behaviour.”

Many took to Twitter to criticise the arrest.

Loren Lapsitis said: “Bad PR for both of you. Here in the US if a ball or puck goes into the stands it’s a souvenir for a fan.”

The police replied to some of the criticism, adding: “The @FootballAssoc & the club is working to turn around the perception of some in the media. Ultimately it’s theft.”