West Ham fans were allowed into the London Stadium for the first time this season and a section of supporters voiced their discontent with the players taking a knee before kick-off.
Premier League and Football League stars have been taking part in the Black Lives Matter movement since George Floyd’s death earlier this year.
It has become the norm for players to take the knee before kick-off to raise awareness of the cause.
However, a section of West Ham fans were not happy with their side doing so and made it known by booing.
Earlier in the day Millwall took the exact same action as the majority of their supporters booed players taking the knee against Derby County.
The FA released a statement following the incident at the Den which read: “The FA supports all players and staff that wish to take a stand against discrimination in a respectful manner, which includes taking of the knee, and strongly condemns the behaviours of any spectators that actively voice their opposition to such activities.”
Millwall fans had warned that they would boo the support of Black Livers Matter, even though their manager Gary Rowett joined his players in calling for them not too.
“We are fully supportive of the efforts in ridding the sport, and society, of all forms of discrimination,” the statement read.
“It is our duty to reinforce the positive messaging.
“Taking the knee, for us, is in no way representative of any agreement with political messaging or ideology.
“It is purely about tackling discrimination.”
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Published at Sat, 05 Dec 2020 17:51:00 +0000