ADDICKS’ FITTING TRIBUTE TO PC PALMER
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