AD­DICKS’ FIT­TING TRIB­UTE TO PC PALMER

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Dan Barnes

CHARL­TON man­ager Karl Robin­son be­lieves his club dis­played their in­tegrity by pay­ing trib­ute to PC Keith Palmer in their mid­week clash with MK Dons.

PC Palmer, who was a sea­son-ticket holder in the East Stand at the Val­ley, was killed by Khalid Ma­sood in the West­min­ster ter­ror at­tack on March 22.

Be­fore the Ad­dicks’ match with Rob­bie Neil­son’s side, PC Palmer’s brother, John Curtis, led the teams on to the pitch, along with 22 of his po­lice col­leagues.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from both clubs and the po­lice laid wreaths in the cen­tre of the pitch be­fore a minute’s si­lence was held.

“I felt we showed what a great club this is,” said Robin­son.

“It’s been dif­fi­cult, speak­ing to fam­ily mem­bers and to the po­lice who served with him, and they are still hurt­ing. It’s hard to put into per­spec­tive.

“The fans, the play­ers, the MK Dons play­ers and staff, ev­ery­one han­dled them­selves im­pec­ca­bly.”

MK boss Neil­son, whose team ran out 2-0 win­ners, added: “Some­one’s lost his life, a fam­ily has lost a fa­ther and a hus­band, so it puts foot­ball in per­spec­tive.”

PC Palmer’s seat, which has been changed from red to white for the re­main­der of the sea­son, bore his war­rant num­ber ‘P204752’ and stayed empty.

The seat had pre­vi­ously had a Charl­ton club scarf draped over it fol­low­ing the news of his death.

Charl­ton’s play­ers do­nated their ap­pear­ance fees to PC Palmer’s fam­ily, while the club gave 50 per cent of the ticket sales.

Both teams wore black arm­bands, while Charl­ton’s play­ers wore shirts, which in­cluded his war­rant num­ber on the sleeves.

Out­side, flow­ers from sup­port­ers and other clubs were laid around a statue of for­mer Ad­dicks goal­keeper Sam Bar­tram, where a per­ma­nent me­mo­rial stone to PC Palmer is planned.

SALUTE: PC Keith Palmer

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