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.