Fulham’s players knelt ahead of the Championship game, while Millwall’s opted to stand in front of the kick-off – some with fists in the air in solidarity.
Boos were heard as the players made the gesture and Rowett believes football authorities need to find a “more positive way” to tackle the issue of racism and discrimination.
“If you look up and down the country, there are so many football clubs doing such a good job in their communities around equality and anti-racism,” Rowett said after the game, who s ‘ended in a 2-1 win for Fulham.
“What we need right now is that we need the authorities to help the clubs and find a better way to unify people.
“I don’t want to comment on some people’s decisions to do it, but we have to find a way to unify people and right now 20 seconds, 30 seconds in a game is causing such a split and such a division in football. .
“Football is a great spectacle, we all have the privilege to be a part of it. He has the power to help communities and to help do a great job behind the scenes. It’s not just our football club, it’s a lot of clubs doing it, but we need help to find a more positive way to act. “
Millwall stopped kneeling ahead of last season’s games after some club supporters booed the act ahead of a game against Derby County.
Instead, Millwall chose to run his own pre-game anti-racism and inequality campaign, asking each opposing team to join in on their arms tie and display an anti-racist banner.
Former Leyton Orient player-manager Jobi McAnuff says he’s disappointed Rowett didn’t condemn fans who booed ahead of kick-off on Tuesday.
“I don’t think we can be any clearer in terms of the message behind kneeling and what that represents. It is the fight against racism and discrimination. It’s that simple, ”McAnuff said. Air sports.
“When someone decides to make a racist tweet or shout racist slurs at someone, it’s a decision. These fans of this football club make the decision to boo the players by kneeling.
“For me, there is no other explanation than to oppose equality and it is as simple as that.
“Yes, you are the manager of a football club and you could say that you can’t control what a fan does when he comes in. But what you can do as a figurehead is condemn it in the strongest terms possible.
“This is what I would have liked to see. This is why I am disappointed. “
Sky Sports News contacted Millwall for comment.
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