Patrick Vieira slams Millwall fans who booed Crystal Palace players for kneeling.


Patrick Vieira slams Millwall fans who booed Crystal Palace players for kneeling.

Crystal Palace’s FA Cup third round win over Millwall on Saturday was marred by booing and abusive chanting from home fans.

Patrick Vieira slammed Millwall fans for booing his Crystal Palace players as they knelt ahead of their FA Cup third round match.

On Saturday afternoon, the two sides faced off in a London derby at The Den, but the game was marred by the actions of some members of the home crowd.

Millwall fans were heard singing homophobic chants in addition to booing the knee, and Palace goalkeeper Michael Olise was hit with a bottle thrown from the crowd.

During the match, ITV was forced to apologise for foul language and abusive chanting.

“As a football club, we are against any kind of discrimination, of course, and this is not something that we want to see on the field,” Vieira said after the game.

“Taking the knee is something we are extremely proud of, and we encourage every football club and player to do the same.”

“What matters is that we demonstrate as a football club that we are anti-discrimination.”

Millwall fans have been accused of booing the knee before this season, with Fulham’s players being booed ahead of their Championship match in August.

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Prior to the game, a message was displayed on the stadium’s big screen discouraging fans from booing the knee.

Fans chanted homophobic slurs at Palace midfielder Conor Gallagher later, with the loanee being referred to as a “Chelsea rent boy” in several songs.

Millwall has since stated that they will look into reports that some supporters chanted homophobic abuse during the game.

In the meantime, Olise was hit by a bottle thrown from the crowd before taunting the home fans.

On the field, Palace came back from a 2-1 deficit to advance to the fourth round for the first time in three years.

After capitalizing on a mistake by Palace goalkeeper Jack Butland, Benik Afobe gave the hosts a first-half lead.

But, just one minute after the break, Olise equalized for Vieira’s side before setting up Jean-Philippe Mateta for the winner just before the hour mark.


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