Well played, Leeds United brass, well played.
Leeds United announced today that this Saturday’s home match against Millwall will be the club’s official “Kick It Out” anti-racism campaign fixture. Per the club’s official website:
Kick It Out, football equality and inclusion organisation, along with Leeds United are encouraging football supporters to report any discrimination they see or hear at a game this season.
Since 1993, Kick It Out has worked throughout the football, educational and community sectors to challenge discrimination, celebrate diversity and inclusion, and campaign for positive change.
Saturday’s game against Millwall will see the Leeds United players join Ronaldo and Liam in wearing the Kick It Out t-shirts during their warm ups to show their support for the campaign.
Choosing the home match against Millwall as the official “Kick it Out” anti-racism fixture is brilliant trolling. Every football club in the UK, or really, anywhere, has its share of racist fans. But no other team in England has quite the reputation that Millwall has earned itself over the years.
Just this season, Millwall fans have been accused of racist behaviour against Wolverhampton at a match at The Den on Boxing day. Last season, Millwall fans were investigated after the FA Cup match against Tottenham Hotspur and racist chants directed at Spurs foward Son Heung-Min.
England is not the only country that has a problem with racism in the stands, and it’s easy to cast stones at Millwall and their fans. Italian football has had problems for years with racism and has done very little to stop it. And while it’s a bit of trolling to announce the “Kick it Out” campaign against Millwall, it does serve to highlight the problems in England and the campaign to help fight it.
So “Kick It Out” against Millwall? Bring it on.