Mill­wall set to face FA charge over racist chants

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LON­DON: Mill­wall are set to face a Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion charge af­ter their sup­port­ers di­rected racist chant­ing at Tot­ten­ham for­ward Son He­ung-Min.

The 3,689 trav­el­ling Mill­wall fans re­peat­edly yelled ‘DVD’ and ‘three for a fiver’ at the South Korean when he was in pos­ses­sion of the ball.

The chants are con­sid­ered racist when aimed at Asian foot­ballers.

Mill­wall man­ager Neil Har­ris claimed he did not hear any of the abuse but said: “As a club we don’t con­done that. We came here in the right spirit, to en­joy an FA Cup quar­ter-fi­nal, so if that’s proven to have been to the detri­ment to the com­pe­ti­tion, I’m sure it will be left to the au­thor­i­ties. We just want peo­ple to en­joy the game.

“The fo­cus comes away from what we’ve achieved in the com­pe­ti­tion. It’s wrong in so­ci­ety, and it’s wrong in foot­ball.”

He­ung-Min re­sponded on the pitch with a hat-trick in the 6-0 FA Cup thrash­ing to si­lence the chant­ing which could be heard through­out the first half.

Team­mate Kyle Walker ap­peared to re­spond to the abuse by ges­tic­u­lat­ing an­grily at the away end from the bench fol­low­ing He­ung-Min’s first goal.

Spurs man­ager Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino said: “I didn’t hear. It’s dif­fi­cult for me.”

Mill­wall are still un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion from the FA af­ter pre­vi­ous-round op­po­nents Le­ices­ter City com­plained of ‘abuse, provo­ca­tion and in­tim­i­da­tion’ of their staff, sup­port­ers and play­ers.

A sim­i­lar in­ci­dent oc­curred at The Den in 2005 when Mill­wall sup­port­ers di­rected ‘DVD’ chants at Wolves for­ward Seol KiHyeon. The South Korean struck the win­ner but team­mate Paul Ince branded Mill­wall’s sup­port­ers racist af­ter­wards.

“It was ironic that Seol should get the win­ner be­cause he took stick all game,” a fu­ri­ous Ince said. “The crowd were an ab­so­lute dis­grace and some of the things that were said I couldn’t re­peat.

“I thought we’d got away from all those things and for it to hap­pen to some­one like Seol is a dis­grace.

“We've worked so hard to erad­i­cate that from foot­ball, es­pe­cially Mill­wall, who more than any­one are try­ing to get it right. To see what hap­pened on Satur­day is go­ing back to the bad times and I wouldn’t like to see it again.”

Mill­wall were also charged by the FA in 2004 over racism from their sup­port­ers when they made mon­key chants at Liver­pool’s Djimi Taore.

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