Shittu condemns Den racism

Millwall captain Danny Shittu says he is “deeply saddened” by
the evidence of racism from home fans at the Den.

Several incidents of vile chanting from fans at the home of the
Lions were recorded and shown as part of a Special Report by Sky
Sports News on Monday.

The broadcast focused largely on incidents at the London club,
where Leeds striker El-Hadji Diouf was subjected to 56 separate
incidents of racist abuse by five white men.

“I am deeply saddened by the documentary on Sky Sports showing
racism by the minority at matches including at Millwall FC,” said
Shittu in a statement on the Millwall official website.

“As the current Millwall captain, racism is something I do not
stand for or condone. I am currently in talks with the club about
any further measures we can take in dealing with and eradicating
racism at matches.

“I do not want the events shown yesterday to tarnish the hard
work done by the club thus far and their efforts in tackling this
issue.

“Every player at all levels has the right to represent their
club without being subjected to homophobic or racial taunts. I will
do all I can to help eradicate racism at my club and in
football.”

Meanwhile, the Football Association has contacted Leeds to ask
for Diouf’s version of events as part of an investigation into the
footage.

Millwall have also reopened an investigation into the incident,
saying they are “appalled” by footage shown on Sky Sports News.

The film appeared to show the Senegal international alerting the
referee, Mark Halsey, and making stewards aware of his allegations
but Millwall insisted no complaint of racist abuse was made by the
player at the time.

The FA is now investigating the footage – and not just the
incident with Diouf. It is understood Leeds have provided the
governing body with the Senegal striker’s version of what
happened.

An FA statement said: “We were concerned by the video footage
and we have requested a copy for our full consideration.

“We will work with all the relevant authorities including the
police to investigate fully.”

The FA also urged anyone “subject to or witness to racial abuse”
to report it.