Chance to put on TV show
Millwall chairman John Berylson believes that Millwall v Leeds fixtures have, over recent years, come to exemplify much that is good about the passion and spirit of English football.
“There is always a bit of added excitement when we play Leeds United,” he said.
“They are a massive club with a great tradition, and our rivalry dates back to some epic encounters we had with them in League One as we both endeavoured to win promotion to the Championship.
We were then promoted together in 2010 and that rivalry has continued as we now look to establish ourselves in the top half of this division. Even though geographically we are not close, games between us create something of a derby atmosphere which usually ensures a thrilling game on the pitch.
We are looking forward to the game being televised live on Sky TV on Sunday because it gives us the chance to show a wider audience the quality of football Kenny has now got the team playing.
It is also an opportunity for us to demonstrate the positive side of our club. We have received more than our share of unwarranted negative publicity in recent weeks, and now it is up to us all to use the platform of live TV coverage to show the wider football world that we are a vibrant passionate club with great fans who support their team in the right way.”
Lions Fan/Director Peter Garston echoed those sentiments adding: “We both desperately want to see our teams do well and are very vocal in our support for our clubs.
We also know that the media will always be looking at both of us hoping for a sensational story, and it is up to everyone connected with Millwall and Leeds to ensure that all the sensational headlines on Sunday are created by the players on the pitch.
On a related subject, and just to draw a line under all the publicity surrounding the young lad involved in the Marvin Sordell incident at the Bolton match, representatives of the club, along with the Community Scheme, Millwall for All and myself, met with him and his parents earlier this week.
We agreed as a positive way forward, and with the agreement of his family, that the boy would take part in an educational course. While he has admitted to abusing the Bolton player, and has apologised in writing, he continues to deny that there was any racial element to that abuse.
There is no concrete evidence to support or contradict that claim, a fact that may not have been clear in a previous statement.
I would like to think we can all now put some closure to this incident and with the team performing so well at the moment look forward to the visit of Leeds on Sunday.”
Millwall FC will continue to maintain contact with the family and all parties have requested that the individual is given the opportunity to undertake the course without further intrusion or speculation and hope that on completion he can return to watching the team.