The spectre of racist abuse has raised its head in football again, with Millwall under investigation following their supporters using a racist term against a member of the Pakistani community in the 3rd Round FA Cup clash against Everton.
Despite an FA and Metropolitan Police investigation, Millwall themselves are working hard to investigate the matter and will issue life bans against anyone found guilty of racial abuse.
A measure Millwall have announced with immediate effect, is the closure of just under 200 seats in an area of the Den where the club have identified the chanting originated.
The back two rows in three blocks in The Dockers stand will remain closed to home supporters for the remainder of this season at least.
So are Millwall right to close a section of the Den after racist abuse?
“It’s the least they can do.
“They don’t help their reputation, do they?
“What everyone heard was disgraceful and the club are making a sensible decision to act but they need to find the individuals involved and ban them immediately.”
“It’s sad it has to happen but it’s the right move.
“I would argue that Millwall as a club have not done enough to separate themselves from the vile views of some of their fans in the past.
“But this is a good start and if they can start clamping down as hard as possible on them then we will hopefully see an improvement.”
“Again, a minority of idiots ruin it for everyone else.
“Unfortunately, it is a burden that hangs heavy around Millwall’s neck, and when it comes to big games, the fools all seem to appear.
“I think that this will only do so much as it will keep the notorious side of The Den further away from the away end, but they will find other places to sit and other things to call the club into disrepute.
“It is a step forward, and it is the club showing willingness to eradicate a social-ill that plagues not only Millwall but many, many other clubs up and down the county – and all over the world, too.”