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Lions to take action against handful of fans filmed making racist comments
9:47am Tuesday 12th February 2013 in Lewisham
MILLWALL have promised to take action against the handful of fans filmed making racist comments by an undercover Sky Sports reporter.
The scenes, which were recorded at several games earlier this season, were broadcast last night in a documentary about racism in football.
Most of the racist footage was filmed at the home game with Leeds United on November 18 and the allegations relate to several individuals making repeated racist remarks throughout the game.
It was alleged at the time on Twitter Leeds’ El Hadji Diouf had been the subject of racist comments from Millwall fans, but this claim was rejected by the player immediately afterwards and a national newspaper removed a story from their website and apologised.
But last night’s programme has reopened the issue, with Millwall promising to take action against the handful of supporters filmed making racist comments at the game.
A statement released on the official club website immediately after the show said: “Everyone at Millwall Football Club is deeply shocked and appalled by the footage shown on Sky Sports News Special Report on Monday evening.
“As a club Millwall has been at the forefront of the battle to eradicate racism from football, being the first in the country to introduce an Anti-Racism Trust, and in spite of the incidents shown in this programme, tremendous strides have been made.
“However, it’s a sad fact that a small minority of people in society still hold racist views and some individuals bring them into football stadiums throughout the country.
“We firmly believe that football itself is not the problem, but rather football is committed to being part of the solution.
“At Millwall we operate a zero tolerance policy in which we target, arrest and ban any fan identified displaying racist or abusive behaviour.
“In relation to the Leeds United match featured in the Sky programme, we became aware of allegations made initially via Twitter which were picked up elsewhere within minutes of the match ending.
“We immediately launched an investigation but there were no reports from officials, police, stewards or media at the ground, including Sky TV who broadcast the game live, to substantiate the allegations at the time.
“We spoke in person to the Leeds United player in question and asked him if he was aware of being subjected to any racial abuse.
“He told us this had not been the case and, on that basis, we therefore had nothing to substantiate allegations of racial abuse and thus refuted them.
“Now that this new evidence has come to light, Millwall FC has requested that Sky make all footage available to the Police, which they have agreed to do.
“We will assist in identifying the individuals concerned with a view to the strongest possible action being taken.”
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