Simon Jordan has passionately called for any ‘racist’ tags which were directed at Millwall fans who booed their players as they took the knee for Black Lives Matter last weekend to be dropped.
Footballers across the Premier League and Football League have kneeled before every match this season.
The decision to do so was made to support the Black Lives Matter movement following the death of American George Floyd.
However, fans were permitted back into the stadium last weekend and the majority of the 2,000 people in attendance at the Den strongly got their point across that they do not agree with the kneeling.
Millwall have since released a statement saying their players will instead link arms with their opponents Queen’s Park Rangers tonight “in a show of solidarity for football’s fight against discrimination.”
Ex-Crystal Palace owner Jordan has defended Millwall’s right to boo the pre-match event.
“I have maintained a sentiment that societal and political issues shouldn’t be represented on the pitch,” Jordan said on talkSPORT.
“I have said that consistently. If you look at the framework to the reaction to this, the automatic reaction, I don’t know, neither do people, that racism is at the centre of the reaction.
“I don’t know whether people booed anti-discrimination, whether they booed diversity or inclusion, or whether people were booing the idea that BLM as a brand, as a title, as a set of parameters, has a variety of different meanings.
“It has an ambiguity about it which causes confusion.
“If you close your eyes do you solely think of anti-discrimination, do you solely think of inclusion and diversity, or do you perhaps think of the political movement too? Do you perhaps think of the burning of flags and people defacing statues in London?
“Do they come in to your mind as well?”
Jordan went on to explain other reasons why Millwall fans are not happy with their fans supporting the Black Lives Matter movement.
He added: “You have got to remember that this is a club that I know very well. I grew up around the corner and were big rivals. Don’t get me wrong, their fans are some of the most divisive sods I’ve ever come across, they gave me barrel loads of abuse.
“Their owner is a close friend of mine and is an immigrant himself, he knows the dynamic of the club and he does not believe that this fan base or this club is steeped in racism.
“Every club has an element of racist imbeciles in it. You have to have been very unlucky to have got the entire section of Millwall fans that came to that game being racist.
“This is a club who has voted their player of the year a black player for five of the last 10 years.
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“This is a push-back to some extent about people’s perception to what BLM represents and what football should have done better is translate the message more clearly so we do not have the ambiguity.
“You don’t know, I don’t know and neither does anybody who jumped on the bandwagon and instantly went racism!”
Published at Tue, 08 Dec 2020 11:27:00 +0000