Millwall set for crunch talks with Sky Sports and EFL as row over story of fans booing players taking the knee continues… but Championship side’s plans of locking broadcasters out of the Den for Watford clash look likely to fail
- Millwall host Watford in the Championship on December 29, set for Sky Sports
- However, the Lions want to block Sky Sports from broadcasting the match
- Millwall were unhappy with Sky’s coverage of last week’s game against QPR
- Some fans booed players who took the knee before previous match with Derby
- Sky carried a website story ahead of QPR game saying Millwall players would still take a knee – but players instead held up an anti-discrimination banner
- Millwall refuted the story to Sky but the broadcasters refused to amend article
Millwall are set for crunch talks with Sky Sports and the EFL in a bid to resolve the simmering row over the broadcaster’s coverage of their clash against QPR.
The Lions want to block the broadcaster from televising their home clash against Watford on December 29 due to deep concerns about their coverage of last week’s home game versus Mark Warburton’s men.
Sky Sports’ live coverage of the game against QPR took place amid a backdrop of controversy stemming from Millwall’s previous game against Derby at the Den where supporters booed the now customary anti-racism gesture of taking the knee before kick off.
Millwall and QPR players held up an anti-discrimination banner last week before their game
A negative response from home supporters to Millwall players taking the knee ahead of their match against Derby the previous weekend caused huge controversy
Among Millwall’s gripes include a story that was carried on the broadcaster’s website in the hours leading up to the game against QPR, reporting that Millwall’s players would still take a knee – despite a joint statement from both clubs that they would not perform the gesture but hold up an anti-discrimination banner.
It is understood Millwall had refuted the story to Sky Sports, but the broadcasting giants refused to amend the article which infuriated Lions chiefs.
There was also anger at comments from co-pundit Keith Andrew ahead of kick-off.
It seems likely that Millwall’s hopes of locking Sky cameras out for the clash later this month will fail – with the EFL prepared to issue an injunction to ensure the network can fulfil their broadcasting obligations, news Sportsmail revealed on Tuesday.
But a Millwall delegation, which will include chief executive Steve Kavanagh, are due to meet with representatives from Sky Sports and the EFL later this week in a bid to resolve the issue.
Millwall are set to hold talks with the EFL and Sky Sports to resolve the ongoing dispute
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