Millwall fans boo players taking the knee for #BlackLivesMatter after returning to stadium

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Millwall fans boo players taking the knee for #BlackLivesMatter after returning to stadium.

Millwall supporters booed the players for taking the knee in support of Black Lives Matter after returning to The Den for the first time in eight months on Saturday.

Two-thousand supporters are allowed to watch their Championship clash against Derby County inside the stadium as the area is in Tier 2 of the Government’s coronavirus restrictions.

Players and staff from Premier League clubs continue to honour the Black Lives Matter movement before the start of every game in an effort to raise awareness of racism.

But as players from Millwall and Derby County bent down on one knee moments before kick-off on Saturday, loud boos and jeers from the Millwall fans could clearly be heard around the ground.


Before the game, Millwall’s manager Gary Rowett and his players released a statement which insisted that they would continue to honour the Black Lives Matter movement, despite potential backlash from supporters when they returned to the stadium for the first time this weekend.

‘We are fully supportive of the efforts in ridding the sport, and society, of all forms of discrimination,’ read the statement.

‘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.’

Two-thousand Millwall fans are currently allowed to attend matches at The Den (Getty)

Some EFL clubs have already decided to stop taking the knee including QPR and Coventry City.

QPR’s director of football, Les Ferdinand, has said that the Black Lives Matter movement in football had ‘reached a point of “good PR” but little more than that’.

The former Newcastle United and Tottenham striker 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.’

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