THOUSANDS of Millwall fans have signed petitions to stop a controversial land sell-off around The Den.

The club warned last week that Lewisham Council's plans to sell three areas of land to Renewal as part of the Surrey Canal redevelopment could put its financial future at risk.

They urged Lewisham to consider Millwall's own plans for the site, which includes a hotel and affordable housing - proposals the council said no local authority "could find acceptable".

A petition started by Fan on the Board Pete Garston has attracted 2,776 signatures while one set up by Lewisham People Before Profit has bagged more than 950 in the space of a few days.

Mr Garston, a fan for 45 years, wrote: "Let’s work together again to put the people first, not a property developer."

John Hamilton from the group said: "Millwall supported Lewisham Hospital when it was threatened by PFI profiteers.

"Now the people need to support Millwall, threatened by similar predators."

A council spokesman said: "We remain absolutely committed to ensuring that the comprehensive regeneration of the Surrey Canal site takes into account the long-term future of the football club including any future requirement for stadium improvement and expansion as well as transport infrastructure."