Millwall fans greeted players prior to the Championship match against QPR with applause and cheers instead of boos.
Footballer of both squads came together to go arm-in-arm in a show of solidarity against discrimination after Millwall fans booed players taking the knee against Derby County at the weekend.
The supporters response to that caused a huge amount of controversy on social media, even making worldwide press with reports about what took place at The Den on Saturday.
Thankfully, this is how it played out, take a look and turn the sound on…
That’s Millwall Football Club. pic.twitter.com/I3Id2OJpmo
— Jake Sanders (@JakeSanders92) December 8, 2020
Last time at The Den, it was Derby that won and taking them off bottom of the Championship table.
Millwall currently sit 14th taking 20 points from 16 games played whilst QPR are 18th and picked up 17 points from the same amount played before Tuesday’s game.
Millwall fans applaud as some players take a knee before kick off against QPR on Tuesday night.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) December 8, 2020
An EFL statement released prior the Millwall QPR game said: “The EFL welcomes the positive, proactive approach to be taken by Millwall and Queens Park Rangers players ahead of tonight’s Championship fixture as both set of squads continue to raise awareness of inequality and discrimination facing society.
“Our position remains unchanged and we will continue to support the wishes of our clubs’ players either on an individual or collective basis. We will facilitate the communication of the message that discrimination in any form is unacceptable and not welcome within our game or our communities – Not Today or Any Day.
“EFL players who have chosen to ‘take the knee’ before games or participate in similar types of initiatives are using their platform in front of millions across the world to make a statement about eradicating all types of prejudiced behaviour, encouraging attitudinal changes and creating unity.
“Players often receive widespread criticism and negativity for merely doing their jobs but here they are leading the way, trying to effect positive change and they should be applauded for taking a stand, showing solidarity and setting an example for others to follow.
“Football needs to support its players and we will.”
Some of the Lions fans booed on Saturday when players from the SE16 outfit and Derby’s “took the knee” before the game started.
Millwall will have 2,000 supporters in attendance again after the government eased restrictions on attending football matches.
The Football Association has confirmed investigations are under way into crowd-related incidents at Millwall and Colchester after some supporters booed players taking a knee during their home games on Saturday.
A statement from the FA said: “The FA can confirm that investigations are underway into crowd-related incidents at both The Den and JobServe Community Stadium on Saturday 5 December 2020.
“Observations have been sought from all of the relevant parties and they will have until Thursday 10 December 2020 to provide their respective responses.”
Fans reacted after footage was publishing showing how Millwall fans greeted players prior to the Championship match against QPR…
Well done to the Millwall fans tonight! These players are highlighting injustice & inequality. That’s all!
— inthezone (@inthezoneuk) December 8, 2020
From a Hammer, well done Millwall….👏👏👏👏⚒️🦁
— President Elect Brexit Joker (@brexitjoker) December 8, 2020
Congratulations to Millwall fans for doing the right thing in applauding the fight against racial injustice in 2020
— Muc (@muckman) December 8, 2020
Well done to the club and the players.
They really made their position clear. There’s no room for racism. Millwall have been fighting this for decades…
— Schnapples (@ANamecheck) December 8, 2020
Awesome response as soon as they don’t take the knee (which fans associate with BLM).
Bollocks to political movements, fuck yes to being against ALL forms of discrimination.
Inclusion, not segregation!
— Pleb Politics (Richard) (@PoliticsPleb) December 8, 2020
I applaud Millwall players tonight for standing up to INEQUALITY. AS for QPR what their players do is up to them. QPR have already called the act of kneeling a “PR stunt” Which they proved tonight by kneeling at The Den because it was against Millwall.
— BermondseyBoy5.0 (@LovelyGeezer65) December 8, 2020