Millwall close part of stand at The Den after alleged racist chanting
Last Updated: 06/02/19 5:09pm
Millwall have closed part of a stand at The Den to try to avoid a repeat of the alleged racist chanting that marred their FA Cup win over Everton, according to Sky sources.
Video footage emerged after the game appearing to show a group of supporters taunting Everton fans with a song featuring racist language about people of South Asian descent.
The behaviour by a section of Millwall supporters was branded "disgusting" by anti-racism campaign Kick It Out, while the Football Association has confirmed it is launching an investigation into the matter.
The south London club vowed to issue life bans to any supporter found guilty of racist abuse during the game against Premier League side Everton.
Just under 200 seats will be affected in the area of the ground where the club have identified the chanting originated.
The back two rows in three blocks in The Dockers stand will remain closed to home supporters for the remainder of this season at least.
The extra space will allow for more stewards and police to be present at Millwall home matches to monitor the crowd.
As a result of the closure, 17 season ticket holders have been moved to other areas of the stadium.
Chief Executive Steve Kavanagh and other board members went over to speak to the fans affected on Saturday, before Millwall's game against Rotherham.
The club say there was a positive reaction from supporters who want to help the club deal with it's tarnished image.
Metropolitan Police have confirmed a 27-year-old male was arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of wounding with intent, attempted grievous bodily harm (GBH) and violent disorder after incidents at Saturday's game.
The man has been bailed to appear at a Central London police station on February 28.
His arrest came in relation to a life-changing facial injury sustained by another male.