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Racism: Rooney labels Millwall supporters ‘disgraceful, mindless’ for booing kneeling stars

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Derby County’s interim coach, Wayne Rooney, has hit out at Millwall fans for booing footballers who knelt to in support of anti-racism campaign.

Millwall fans who returned to their Stadium for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic struck the UK in March but marred the welcome with their “disgraceful and mindless” attitude.

Although The Rams gave Rooney his first win in the game on Saturday, the former Manchester United man did not fail to condemn the act.

Reacting further on his verified Twitter  handle, Rooney said:

“The professionalism of the players on both sides throughout the game was a credit to our profession, after such an incident.

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“On behalf of Derby County Football Club I want it to be clear to everyone associated with the club that we represent all sectors of the community regardless of colour, gender or sexuality.

“Fans being allowed back in to stadiums is vital for the wellbeing of everybody involved in our sport from fans to players to chairmen to owners.

“It is therefore really important that the vast majority of us show respect and support each other and do not tolerate or accept the actions of the mindless few.”

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It read: “Yesterday I witnessed disgraceful and mindless behaviour by a large section of the Millwall supporters in the stadium.

“Prior to the match we were aware of the possibility of a planned disruptive response during the taking of the knee in support of the BLM campaign, but nothing prepared us for what we heard.

“I was proud of my players and staff for not letting the fans deter them from continuing to present a positive and important message that taking the knee immediately before the game sends.

“The professionalism of the players on both sides throughout the game was a credit to our profession, after such an incident.

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“On behalf of Derby County Football Club I want it to be clear to everyone associated with the club that we represent all sectors of the community regardless of colour, gender or sexuality.

“Fans being allowed back in to stadiums is vital for the wellbeing of everybody involved in our sport from fans to players to chairmen to owners.

“It is therefore really important that the vast majority of us show respect and support each other and do not tolerate or accept the actions of the mindless few.”

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