CHARL­TON AND EFL PAY TRIB­UTES TO FALLEN PC

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Tom Black­ett

CHARL­TON Ath­letic have paid a poignant trib­ute to PC Keith Palmer, who lost his life in the ter­ror in­ci­dent that rocked Lon­don last Wed­nes­day.

The 48-year-old was stabbed to death as he guarded the Palace of West­min­ster. A fund set up to raise money for his dev­as­tated fam­ily rapidly raised more than half a mil­lion pounds.

PC Palmer was a Charl­ton sea­son-ticket holder.

“Keith was a fa­mil­iar face at The Valley to many sup­port­ers and sat in his same East Stand seat for many years,” said the Ad­dicks.

“As an im­me­di­ate trib­ute, a red and white scarf has been placed on his seat, which will re­main un­til the next home game on Tues­day, April 4, while the club will dis­cuss ways in which it can com­mem­o­rate his life at the game it­self.

“Keith was a true hero who will be greatly missed by all the Charl­ton fam­ily, and ev­ery­one at the club would like to of­fer their sin­cere con­do­lences to his fam­ily and friends at this ex­tremely dif­fi­cult time.

“The club also wish to ex­tend con­do­lences to the fam­i­lies of all those vic­tims who were in­volved.”

Mean­while, the EFL are mak­ing an en­hanced com­mit­ment to sup­port their clubs in rais­ing aware­ness of the dan­gers of knife crime. In the wake of last Wed­nes­day’s at­tacks, ad­di­tional fi­nan­cial re­sources are to be made avail­able to sup­port valu­able com­mu­nity projects.

Some EFL clubs – in­clud­ing Charl­ton – al­ready have spe­cific ini­tia­tives to tackle the is­sue of knife crime and the fund will po­ten­tially help to ex­pand the reach of th­ese pro­grammes.

EFL chief ex­ec­u­tive Shaun Har­vey said: “Our im­me­di­ate thoughts and sym­pa­thies are with the fam­ily of PC Palmer and all those who have seen their lives im­pacted by Wed­nes­day’s aw­ful at­tacks.

“Foot­ball as an in­dus­try brings many peo­ple to­gether in a so­cial en­vi­ron­ment to watch games – it’s their love, it’s what they do by choice.

“I be­lieve that get­ting like-minded peo­ple to­gether al­ways gives us this op­por­tu­nity to high­light a pos­i­tive im­age of sup­port­ers and a minute’s si­lence tak­ing place across all our games this week­end is an ap­pro­pri­ate trib­ute to what has hap­pened.

“See­ing the events of this week brings a lot of our com­mu­nity work into fo­cus and we want to en­sure foot­ball is play­ing its part to tackle the is­sue of knife crime as ef­fec­tively as pos­si­ble.

“We are there­fore propos­ing to ex­pand the out­reach work of our com­mu­nity trusts with ad­di­tional fi­nances in or­der to ed­u­cate peo­ple as to the neg­a­tive im­pact that knife crime can have on many dif­fer­ent com­mu­ni­ties.

“If we can se­cure the fam­ily’s sup­port, we will be more than happy to de­liver that work in the name of PC Palmer go­ing for­ward as we think it will be a fit­ting trib­ute to a man whose ded­i­ca­tion to his job ended in such tragic cir­cum­stances.”

SEAT OF HON­OUR: A scarf adorns PC Palmer’s seat

MOURNED: Keith Palmer

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