Millwall and QPR issue statements – players will stand arm-in-arm in a show of solidarity against discrimination

Millwall and QPR have both issued statements ahead of tomorrow’s Championship match at The Den.

Some of the Lions fans booed on Saturday when players from the SE16 outfit and Derby’s “took the knee” before the game started.

Millwall will have 2,000 supporters in attendance again after the government eased restrictions on attending football matches.

The Lions said: “Players from Millwall and Queens Park Rangers will stand arm-in-arm with each other in a show of solidarity for football’s fight against discrimination ahead of kick-off at The Den on Tuesday night.

“The two teams will hold aloft a banner to show their collective commitment towards ongoing efforts to rid the game of racism in a positive move which has been supported by Kick It Out, Show Racism The Red Card, the PFA, the FA and the EFL following discussions with the club in recent days.

“Millwall believe that this gesture, which the club hopes to repeat with other visiting teams in the coming weeks and months, will help to unify people throughout society in the battle to root out all forms of discrimination.

“Kick It Out’s logo will also replace that of principal partner Huski Chocolate on the front of Millwall’s shirts for the London derby.

“QPR have informed Millwall that a selection of their players wish to take the knee as a way of showing their support for anti-discrimination efforts –a gesture which the club respects and it firmly asks all those in attendance to do likewise.

“Millwall have a zero-tolerance policy against racial and all other forms of discrimination and want to again make clear to anybody who holds such views that you are not welcome at this football club.

“Millwall’s stance, as always, is that anybody found guilty of racial abuse is banned for life.

“Moving forward, the club and its Community Trusthave started the first-ever audit of Board members, staff, volunteers and participants as part of an ongoing commitment towards equality, diversity and inclusion in all areas of operations.

“An internal survey has been sent to all appropriate stakeholders and its findings will allow the club to set necessary benchmarks as part of a new widespread and multi-faceted anti-discrimination strategy. Included within that will be the formation of an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Code of Practice to cover departments throughout the club’s activities and recruitment processes.

“On top of a push towards ensuring the entire Millwall workforce is fully representative of its diverse local community, the Trust will continue their outstanding and industry-leading work around anti-discrimination within the Boroughs of Southwark, Lewisham and, most importantly, further afield.

“This will still include programmes and projects within primary and secondary schools and colleges as education, the club believes, is the most important driver in ridding society of discrimination of all kinds.”

QPR chief executive Lee Hoos said: “We have always been at the forefront of encouraging equality and diversity while tackling discrimination in all its forms.

“Our initial approach to this particular situation was for all our players to take the knee in a show of solidarity.

“However, following a series of discussions with Millwall, as well as internal conversations involving myself, director of football Les Ferdinand, manager Mark Warburton and the entire first-team squad, it was agreed that standing shoulder to shoulder with our opposition players would be a more powerful response.

“On top of this, some of our players wish to take the knee and we fully support this action.

“As I said in September on this subject, each individual needs to be free to make their own decision on how to express intolerance for social injustice, without fear of being negatively judged.”


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One thought on “Millwall and QPR issue statements – players will stand arm-in-arm in a show of solidarity against discrimination

  • 7 December 2020 at 20:53
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    This malarkey of ” taking a knee ” has passed its sell-by date and really ought to stop.
    It’s doing absolutely nothing to foster good inter-race relations and in fact, is having the opposite of the desired effect.
    So do us all a favour and put an end to this empty virtue signalling and simply get on with the game and leave politics to the politicians!

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