Fans at Millwall boo players taking a knee on return to stadium

Up to 2,000 supporters are permitted in football stadiums in some areas of England as part of new government measures introduced this week, the first time fans have been allowed to attend games since the coronavirus outbreak.

In footage on social media, fans at The Den, Millwall’s home ground in southeast London, can be heard booing as players from both sides take a knee before kick-off.

Across English football, players have been taking a knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and to protest against racism and discrimination following the death of George Floyd earlier this year.

All Premier League clubs have continued to kneel before games this season, while some teams in the English Football League, the second, third and fourth tiers of English football, stopped at the start of this season.
On Friday, Millwall issued a statement reaffirming the club’s stance on players taking a knee.

“As a squad we are fully supportive of the entire football family’s efforts in ridding the sport, and society generally, of all forms of discrimination,” the statement said. “It is our duty as players to reinforce the positive messaging and action of clubs, community trusts, charities and governing bodies, and we do so with great pride and knowledge that so much good work is being done up and down the country.”

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Saturday’s game ended 1-0 in favor of Derby, the Rams’ second league victory of the season.


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