Millwall make formal complaint to Independent newspaper

© Edmund Boyden

MILLWALL have complained to The Independent after the newspaper carried an article describing the club's fans as "animals" with regards to their treatment of black players.

The Lions also released a strongly-worded statement in response to the comment, which was made by controversial columnist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown in an article about Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand.

Alibhai-Brown, whose opinions on issues such as immigration, diversity and multiculturalism have provoked criticism in the past, wrote: "Millwall fans and others too still behave like animals when they watch black players."



Chief executive Andy Ambler raised the issue with editor Chris Blackhurst and the reference to Millwall was subsequently removed from the article on some, but not all, of The Independent's digital platforms.

But an apology has not yet been forthcoming and a club statement read: "It is unfortunate that sensationalist and ill-informed opinion is in danger of undermining the good work that is being done to tackle this important issue.

"At Millwall, we take great exception to the statement made by Independent columnist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown. We have to ask, what is the basis on which she makes such an inflammatory comment?

"We will certainly be inviting Ms Alibhai-Brown a long to a game at The Den so she can learn for herself what really goes on at this football club, and how black players are treated by our fans."

Staff

(@NewsAtDen)

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  • October 23, 2012 at 10:03
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    Rather than "inviting Ms Alibhai-Brown along to a game at The Den", how about inviting her along to face a libel judge?

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  • October 29, 2012 at 03:15
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    How about inviting her to a few lectures on journalism that she obviously skipped when she "stole" her degree!! Probably busy at demo's and action groups, or in some boozer sharing a pint with eight of her self righteous "comrades" and boring the tit's off of all and sundry with there twatty sixth form politics!!!

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