Fans boo players taking a knee

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Supporters at Millwall’s home game against Derby on Saturday booed when players took a knee before the game to support the league’s anti-racism message.

It is the first time since March that the Den has hosted fans after crowds were banned as a precaution during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Derby forward Colin Kazim-Richards, who is black, described the booing as an absolute disgrace in a tweet after the match where he expressed pride in taking a stand against racism.

“Having to say this is a pain,” said Kazim-Richards.

“But I’ll say it every single damn time this is why I STAND and STAND PROUD and I have to say every single person involved with [Derby] did too,” read the tweet.

The English Football Association condemned the actions of the fans in a statement.

“The FA supports all players and staff that wish to take a stand against discrimination in a respectful manner, which includes taking of the knee, and strongly condemns the behaviours of any spectators that actively voice their opposition to such activities,” the statement said.

Some fans had called for the players not to take a knee before the game but Millwall had released a statement on Friday affirming their commitment to fighting racism.

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By Ofhani Munyai

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