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Millwall fans BOO their own players as they take the knee before kick off

Millwall fans have chosen to boo their own players as they take the knee for ‘Black Lives Matter’ before kick off on Saturday.

For the first time in eight months, 2,000 Millwall supporters were allowed inside the stadium for the visit of Derby County in the Championship clash this afternoon.

Journalists and reporters at the game were said to be angered to hear loud boos at the start of the league encounter and soon video footage emerged online. Yet there was no mention of it on Sky Sports News.

The statement released by Millwall read: ‘We are fully supportive of the efforts in ridding the sport, and society, of all forms of discrimination.

‘It is our duty to reinforce the positive messaging.

‘Taking the knee, for us, is in no way representative of any agreement with political messaging or ideology.

‘It is purely about tackling discrimination.’

Queens Park Rangers made the decision to stop taking the knee in September with director of football Les Ferdinand saying the gesture had ‘reached a point of “good PR” but little more than that’.

He added: ‘Taking the knee was very powerful but we feel that impact has now been diluted.

‘In the same way ‘Clap For Carers’ was very emotional for us all, it got to a stage where it had run its natural course and the decision was rightly made to stop it.

‘No one is more passionate than me about this topic. I have spoken on the matter throughout my footballing life.

‘I work for one of the most diverse football clubs in this country. A lot of people are being fooled out there.

‘What are our plans with this? Will people be happy for players to take the knee for the next 10 years but see no actual progress made? 

‘Taking the knee will not bring about change in the game – actions will.’ 

The EFL decided to allow individual players and teams in the Football League to make their own decision on whether to continue taking the knee while the gesture still takes place in the Premier League.


The Premier League have said it will continue to give its backing to players who want to kneel before games, which started last season following the death of George Floyd and subsequent rise of the Black Lives Matter movement.

“We still feel strongly about taking the knee and we will carry on doing it until there’s change,” Brighton captain Lewis Dunk told Sky Sports News.

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson stressed that both messages remained crucial.

“Both messages [Black Lives Matter and No Room For Racism] are vitally important,” he said.

“No Room For Racism does not exclude Black Lives Matter. Football players are taking so much responsibility and showing that they really care about this important issue in our society.”

Crystal Palace duo Patrick van Aanholt, Wilfried Zaha, former Arsenal forward Ian Wright, Sheffield United’s David McGoldrick and Borussia Dortmund signing Jude Bellingham were all subjected to online racist abuse at the end of last season.

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