Trotter: Millwall fans can work together to tackle racism

© Keith Gillard
© Keith Gillard

LIAM Trotter believes Millwall fans can "help massively" by reporting any incidents of racist abuse they hear during matches.

The Lions were at the centre of a media storm last week after a Sky Sports News report exposed an individual shouting racist abuse at Leeds United striker El Hadji Diouf earlier this season.

And Trotter hopes greater vigilance among supporters will prevent the club's name being dragged through the mud again in future.

He told NewsAtDen: "The report didn't accurately reflect the club. If it did, there would be a lot more problems. It was one individual so it's difficult for the club – they need help from FIFA and the FA.

"That powers that be higher up need to do more. The only thing Millwall can do is nullify what these people are saying by finding them and getting them out of the club

"The  fans can help with that massively. The only disappointing thing for me was the fact that there were 200 people around this person and they didn't report him.

"As fans, if you want your club to be represented well, and you hear that, you need to be reporting it to a steward or a police officer. That's certainly one thing that should be done.

"You can't stop individuals voicing their opinions but you can certainly make it very difficult for them to want to do it again.

"If that guy ever gets back into a football ground, I'm sure he's less likely to say what he did again. It comes down to everyone standing together.

"The fans can play their part in combatting racism by reporting anything they hear."

While press attention in the build up to the FA Cup victory over Luton Town was focused on events off the field, Trotter insisted the Sky report had not been a distraction to the players.

"Things like that bring us closer together," he said. "It wasn't nice to see obviously, but we are very tight-knit as a group of players. We tend to take the attitude that it is us against the world.

"We just focus on playing football, that's what we are paid to do. The club are doing everything they can on the racism front and there's not a lot as players we can do on a day-to-day basis."

And Trotter praised the 1,530 Lions fans in attendance at Kenilworth Road. He said:  "The fans were great at Luton – they backed us and cheered us on.

"There were a few worries before the game that there would be trouble but there wasn't any that I saw and we had great support as always.

"That was an accurate reflection of the club. If you go around and pick out individuals, you will find people with opinions that shouldn't be aired. That's the same at any other football club."

Chief executive Andy Ambler added: "It is down to us all in the Millwall family to take responsibility for the reputation of our football club.

"It is down to every single one of us to take collective responsibility. There are adequate means to report inappropriate behaviour, be it racism or anything else, for us to be able to deal with issues.

"We really need to stop people throwing bottles or being overly-abusive because we have seen the damage it causes us. I was proud of our fans on Saturday because they behaved very, very well."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

10 thoughts on “Trotter: Millwall fans can work together to tackle racism

  • February 19, 2013 at 08:04
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    Ambler sounds like he's talking about a child at school.

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  • February 19, 2013 at 08:20
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    I agree that we have to take responsibility and report bottle throwing and racism. I also agree that this recent arrest might make some people tone down their language but i doubt that their attitudes will change.

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    • February 19, 2013 at 08:36
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      Why would you grass someone up? Don't get me wrong, bottle throwing and racism is wrong and damages our club but there is no room for grasses at Millwall Football Club either. If you want that, f*ck off and support the trainspotters or the stripey nigels.

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      • February 19, 2013 at 09:20
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        There's snitching to a steward, and there's telling them to stop it yourself there and then - that's what we have to do. There is a mutual respect between fans here, telling them to calm it down a bit when racism is involved is what needs to happen...

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  • February 19, 2013 at 11:03
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    When the hell are we going to stop over-reacting to this sky news article? It was bias, loaded, and quite clearly hell-bent on damaging our club. I have been going to Millwall for 40 years, home and away. It is NOT a racist club. It never has been. There are racist people on this planet, and there are some who go to football matches, some of those go to Millwall, but a small percentage, let me tell you! We have had our troubles, no doubt. We have been our own undoing at times, I'll admit, but in all the years I have been going to both Den's, its never been a 'racist' club...or somewhere to go just to shout abuse at a person who is a different colour to you. First, Racon in the paper, now Trotter, please drop this nonsense that 'Millwall has a racism problem', because WE DO NOT. 1 d***-head filmed on 1 TV program at 1 match on 1 occasion does not justify this witch-hunt. We suffer the same problem as any other club.....the general public, with all its opinions and beliefs, come through our turnstiles and the club can only do so much to prevent this. Millwall should publicly defend itself against these accusations because they're just not true. It makes my blood boil. There are plenty 'wholesome, family' clubs out there that are far more racist than us if sky dare to go, but they won't want to spoil the prestige of the Premier League, would they?????

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  • February 19, 2013 at 14:41
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    Big Ben, your idea is right, we should sort it out ourselves so tell me why no one intervened during the Leeds game? If your idea is to work, someone has to step up, they didn't. In my 30 years supporting Millwall i can only count 4 occasions when someone told a fan to stop and one of those times was me.

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  • February 19, 2013 at 14:44
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    Also complete wrong how we were targeted, Millwall does more than most to confront this issue and i reckon i could get similar footage any any other club if i researched the part of the ground where sit and picked the right game.

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  • February 19, 2013 at 14:50
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    If I hear it and it offends me I will ask the to stop . No grassing people up just tell him he is out of order hopefully the others around you will agree and tell him to shut it...... Can you make him like black people course you can't that's his problem. But we can tell him to keep it to himself.

    Man up ....we are Wall

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  • February 19, 2013 at 16:03
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    Marshlion spot on we are the scape goats, a smoke screen, when the racist issue came up for the nation to dwell on, took the focus off Murdocs reporters being nicked for phone hacking, he's had that footage since November why release it last week very clever, there's d*** heads at every ground in the country ,but with Millwall it's believed it's a small working class club and so is its fan base that's why no one likes us.

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  • February 21, 2013 at 00:31
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    I think Aldo should of asked Trotter why he has been so poor this season instead of dragging us back into the race spotlight

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