Millwall staff confronted club chiefs after fans booed players taking the knee

Millwall staff confronted the club’s hierarchy in heated scenes to demand action after fans booed their own players taking the knee.

The no-holds barred showdown took place after Saturday’s defeat to Derby, which was overshadowed by supporters rejecting the message that black lives matter.

Mirror Sport understands tempers frayed as black employees demanded to know what action is being taken to address the situation.

The squad is also known to be unhappy at the conduct of their fans with their disgust articulated by defender Mahlon Romeu.

The right-back said: “The fans who have been let in today have personally disrespected not just me but the football club.

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Millwall staff demanded action from club chiefs in the aftermath of the incident on Saturday

“I’m almost lost for words, I don’t know how they thought that would make me feel”

Lions employees are also unhappy at the length of time it has taken for the club to release the statement it put out yesterday.

The statement read: “Millwall Football Club was dismayed and saddened by events which marred Saturday’s game against Derby County at The Den.

Players taking the knee before kick-off was met with boos from the 2,000 fans present

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“The impact of such incidents is felt not just by the players and management, but by those who work throughout the club and in its Academy and Community Trust, where so many staff and volunteers continue passionate endeavours to enhance Millwall’s reputation day after day, year after year.

“The club will not allow their fine work to be in vain. The players are continuing to use the biggest platform they have to support the drive for change, not just in football but in society generally.

“There is much work to be done and at Millwall everyone is committed to doing all that is possible, both individually and collectively, to be a force for good and to ensure that the club remains at the forefront of football’s anti-discrimination efforts.

“Over the coming days, club, Academy and Community Trust staff will meet with Kick It Out and representatives from other appropriate bodies in an attempt to use Saturday’s events as a catalyst for more rapid solutions which have an impact both in the short and long-term.

“Further comment will be made once those meetings and discussions are concluded.”

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