Wayne Rooney has advised talkSPORT he was ‘very stunned’ by the destructive response from returning Millwall followers as gamers took the knee at The Den on Saturday.
Rooney’s Derby County aspect secured their first win because the Manchester United and England legend’s appointment as interim supervisor, with Jason Knight’s second-half strike sealing a 1-Zero win.
However that first victory has been overshadowed by the scenes simply earlier than kick-off in south-east London.
Millwall followers returned to The Den on Saturday for the primary time since February 29, with the Lions permitted to host 2,000 supporters.
However the jubilant ambiance, as supporters celebrated their first sport again on the stadium for TEN MONTHS, quickly turned bitter with boos emanating from the stands when gamers from each groups rook the knee.
talkSPORT host Adrian Durham was presenting dwell on air when it occurred, and was left surprised by the ‘unacceptable’ behaviour from supporters.
You may hear that second because it occurred dwell on talkSPORT above.
And Rooney was equally shocked by the incident, and stated the actions of the Millwall followers are ‘not condoned by soccer’.
“I used to be very stunned if I’m being sincere,” he advised talkSPORT after the sport.
“Everybody at Derby Nation has been in full assist of taking the knee, so it was fairly stunning and I’m positive for our gamers it may have been troublesome to listen to that.
“However they reacted properly, they put it to the again of their minds they usually received on with the sport, so credit score to them for that.
“However I don’t suppose that’s condoned in soccer.”
Kick It Out chair Sanjay Bhandari additionally applauded each the Derby and the Millwall gamers for ‘defying the hate proven by some followers’ at The Den.
In an announcement issued on Saturday, Bhandari stated: “We’re saddened by the behaviour of followers booing the gamers taking the knee at this time at Millwall.
“What this demonstrates is that gamers are proper to proceed standing as much as discrimination, whether or not that’s by means of taking the knee or talking out.
“The battle for racial equality continues and we’ll proceed to work intently with golf equipment throughout the nation to deal with discrimination in all its varieties.
“We urge the gamers to proceed utilizing their platforms and their voices to assist this battle.
“We applaud the gamers of Millwall and Derby for taking a stand and defying the hate proven by some followers at this time.”