Millwall ban fan for TEN years after unfurling Turkish flag at Leeds supporters
09:02 GMT, 26 March 2012
A Millwall fan has been banned for 10 years after taunting Leeds supporters with a Turkey flag at The Den.
The sickened Championship club took the hardline stance with the disgraced supporter in their bid to eradicate bad behaviour.
The flag – along with alleged vile chants – was aimed to incite Leeds supporters over the tragic deaths of fans Christopher Loftus and Kevin Speight who were stabbed in Istanbul before the UEFA Cup semi-final against Galatasaray in 2000.
Controversy: A Millwall fan has been banned by the club for 10 years after unfurling a Turkish flag at Leeds fans
The south London club warned flags were not permitted in the stadium after banning four fans last April for waving them at Leeds fans and were disappointed to deal with an identical incident during Saturday's 1-0 defeat.
'It is disappointing this person got into the stadium with the flag as there were checks in place,' Millwall spokesman Deano Standing told The Sun.
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'We worked so hard with Leeds to make sure this game passed off without trouble and it did — but the club does not condone the behaviour of a minority of the crowd.
'The man concerned was apprehended after the match and is not welcome at our club for an entire decade. He has been banned.
'There is no place for that kind of thing at the Den.'