The Football League Pa­per says...

Pas­sion is fine but don’t cross the line

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AS MEN­TIONED in our main story on this page, AFC Wim­ble­don host MK Dons in League One on Tues­day night. The sides have met four times be­fore – with MK Dons win­ning three to AFC Wim­ble­don’s one – but all the clashes have taken place in Mil­ton Keynes.

This will be the first time AFC Wim­ble­don have played at home against their bit­ter ri­vals and the at­mos­phere is sure to be in­tense.

In­deed, for­mer MK Dons man­ager Karl Robin­son was given a tough time when he vis­ited Kingsmeadow as Charl­ton man­ager last month.

He al­leged that he had been on the re­ceiv­ing end of ver­bal abuse by an AFC Wim­ble­don vol­un­teer at the end of the match and had to be re­strained. An abu­sive ban­ner was also promi­nently dis­played at the match.

Many AFC Wim­ble­don sup­port­ers have never for­given the FA for al­low­ing the orig­i­nal Wim­ble­don to re­lo­cate to Mil­ton Keynes back in 2002. They feel the FA and MK Dons ‘killed’ their club.

Yet bit­ter­ness is not healthy for any­one and at some stage you have to move on. Why not now? AFC Wim­ble­don have, after all, worked their way up to the same level as MK Dons and gone above them in the ta­ble this sea­son.

Yes, we un­der­stand the pas­sion of the AFC Wim­ble­don fans, but we hope that it doesn’t cross the line in mid­week. There is no need for abuse of any kind and it doesn’t show the club in a good light.

There is re­spon­si­bil­ity on the play­ers, too, to be­have prop­erly on the evening and not get caught up in any silly feuds or in­flame the sit­u­a­tion.

It is also im­por­tant that MK Dons play­ers, staff and fans be­have in the right man­ner.

This will never be a ‘nor­mal’ game, but it needs to be as nor­mal as pos­si­ble.

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