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Millwall defender Mahlon Romeo hit home fans who booed players for kneeling in their 1-0 loss to Derby County on Saturday afternoon, admitting this is ‘the lowest thing’ he has ever felt. during his five years at the club.
London-born Romeo was appalled by the behavior of Millwall fans prior to kick-off, after they used their first home match at the stadium to express their anger at kneeling, a sign of solidarity against racism and discrimination.
Talking with him South London PressRomeo gave a passionate interview, explaining that in “society there is a problem”, and the fans that booed the act have “disrespected not only him but also the football club.”
“Today [Saturday] The game, for me now, has become irrelevant. The fans have been allowed in, which the whole team was waiting for. But in society there is a problem, and that problem is racism.
“The fans who have been able to enter today have disrespected me personally, not only me, but the football club. And what the football club and the community represent. What they have done is boo and condemn a peaceful gesture that it was launched to highlight, combat and stop any discriminatory behavior and racism – that’s it, that’s all that gesture.
“And the fans have chosen to boo that, which for the life of me I cannot understand. It has offended me and everyone who works for this club: the players and the staff.”
“I am speaking on my behalf here, not on any of the other players, I want to make that very clear. This is the first time I have felt disrespected. Because you have booed and condemned a peaceful gesture that – and needs to be repeated – was put in place. to highlight, combat and address any discriminatory behavior and racism in general. “
Romeo later admitted that the behavior of fans has left him feeling ‘the lowest he has ever felt in his time at this club’, and the boos made him feel ‘very small and personally disrespected’.
“I’m almost speechless. I don’t know how they thought that would make me feel. I don’t know what they thought kneeling would mean. But I think I’ve explained it quite simply. Really low, probably the lowest I’ve ever felt in my time in this club.
“It is something that I cannot understand. People will have their beliefs and points of view, to which everyone is entitled. I am not trying to stop or contain them, but if their beliefs and points of view are opposed to a positive change in society , then don’t Come to a soccer field and scatter them.
“If it’s negative, don’t think you can come to a football field and this is the place where you can essentially spread hatred.
“When fans boo a peaceful gesture to highlight racism, it naturally makes you wonder ‘why am I submitting to this?’ I’m sure not all Millwall fans share the same opinion, it’s a small collection. But Yes Being realistic made me feel very small and made me feel personally disrespectful. “
Millwall has since issued a statement regarding Saturday’s events. It reads: “Millwall Football Club was shocked and saddened by the events that spoiled Saturday’s game against Derby County at The Den.
“The club has worked tirelessly in recent months to prepare for the return of the fans and what should have been a positive and exciting occasion was completely overshadowed, much to the disappointment and chagrin of those who have contributed to those efforts.”