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Millwall, FA officials shocked at racism claims around stadium

Feb 12, 2013, 2:01 PM EDT


Executives at Millwall FC say they are “appalled” at the footage shown Monday in a Sky Sports investigation on racism at the second-tier England club’s infamously rugged grounds.

Further, the Football Association (England’s governing body) has contacted Leeds United to open an investigation of the incident back in November, when the visiting team’s midfielder El Hadji Diouf had complained bitterly of racist chants in the grounds that day at the New Den.

The Sky Sports report said Diouf had been subjected to racist abuse 56 times.

On the one hand, this is surely the proper response.

On the other hand, the suits at the FA and at Millwall are trying to tell us they don’t know this stuff goes on? At Millwall, where the notoriously gritty southeast London ground has long been the very antithesis of “family friendly!”

There is a “Captain Renault effect” at work. You know … “Shocked to find gambling going on here!”

This report from The Guardian says the FA promises to investigate. Frankly, I’m not sure what there is to “investigate.”  This hardly calls for The Mentalist. The damning Sky Sports footage is pretty clear as it shows one angry figure repeatedly shouting an ugly term.

And it pretty clearly shows Diouf appearing to alert the referee.

I fall more in line with former Welsh international Jason Brown. What he told Sky Sports:

Regarding the Millwall issue, how many times has that happened at this particular place? Where’s the CCTV?  Where are the police? Where are the stewards? These people, they seem to, when it suits them, they go hiding. But they’ll make numbers. They’ll make statistics.”

Hard to argue the point.

  1. charliej11 - Feb 12, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    Once again, once MLS starts making money, it is over. The MLS teams could probably be at a discount at this point and attract players. Chance of winning, no stupidity of the fans, yeah that discount is getting bigger by the minute.

    • charliej11 - Feb 12, 2013 at 2:30 PM

      And by making money, I mean real money…they are already making money and it is getting towards real.

  2. nygiantstones - Feb 12, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    Where’s the video?

    • Steve Davis - Feb 12, 2013 at 4:41 PM

      Sorry … didn’t have access / rights to post the Sky report.

  3. unclemosesgreen - Feb 12, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    Saw it on Sky Sports – Dear God. The Milwall and FA officials have absolutely got their heads in the sand. It is literally impossible that they could have been unaware of the problem. Black players were getting screamed and, monkey noises, the works. They showed a player repeatedly complaining to the stewards.

    Everyone claiming ignorance is either a) lying b) incompetent or c) both. I’m voting c)

  4. travishenryskid - Feb 12, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    What do expect when your firm is led by a psycho like Tommy Hatcher?

    • bulldogslc - Feb 12, 2013 at 5:49 PM

      Oh I get it…a joke, right? You almost had me there.

  5. opshuns - Feb 13, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    I won’t be watching soccer anymore…

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