Millwall are ‘dismayed and saddened’ by booing of fans towards players taking the pre-match knee in Saturday’s defeat against Derby.
The match saw 2000 fans allowed to return to The Den for the first time since March but as players took the now traditional pre-match knee in support of racial injustice, a small section of fans were heard booing the players on what Millwall hoped would of been ‘a positive and exciting occasion’ as crowds returned after a nine month absence.
In a statement, Millwall said that the incident had ‘completely overshadowed’ proceedings and left those who had contributed to efforts in securing the safe return of fans feeling ‘immense disappointment and upset’ at the unacceptable actions.
The club also spoke of how the impact of this and similar incidents is felt beyond just players and management but by all who work for Millwall in various capacities from Academy to Community Trust, where many staff and volunteers ‘continue passionate endeavours to enhance Millwall’s reputation…’ on a regular basis.
Millwall have therefore vowed to not let that progressive work falter with players having the biggest platform to help push for change in not just football but society as a whole, with a commitment that their effort won’t ‘be in vain.’
Bosses at Millwall have also recognised that ‘there is much work to be done’ at the club on both individual and team level to make the Lions a positive force and at the forefront of anti-discrimination efforts in football, with meetings with Kick It Out and other appropriate bodies set to be held within the next few days to discuss ‘rapid solutions’ which work in both short and long-term.
Millwall will make no further comments until those meetings have taken place with discussions concluded in due course and full statement can be found HERE.
On the pitch, Jason Knight’s effort proved enough for Derby to beat Gary Rowett’s Lions in a tight encounter although the Rams’ Colin Kazim Richards took to Twitter post-match to criticise the fans’ behaviour saying;
But having to say this is a pain but I’ll say it every single damn time this is why I STAND and STAND PROUD and I have to say every single person involved with @dcfcofficial did too made me proud to wear this shirt with the boys today!!! Absolute disgrace.. pic.twitter.com/lVsdb1KUpa
— Colin Kazim-Richards (@ColinKazim) December 5, 2020