Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport: STOP victimising Millwall FC & put an END to hooligans headlining in sport
  • Petitioned Rt Hon Maria Miller MP

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Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport; and Minister for Women and Equalities
Rt Hon Maria Miller MP

Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport: STOP victimising Millwall FC & put an END to hooligans headlining in sport

    1. Sean Ash
    2. Petition by

      Sean Ash

      London, United Kingdom

http://theresilientliberal.wordpress.com/2013/04/14/why-millwall-should-keep-their-heads-up/

Millwall brought an estimated 32,000 support with them to yesterday’s FA Cup Semi Final play off tie with Wigan. During the second half, a fight kicked off between two Millwall supporters. According to the Guardian, this resulted in “14 people being arrested (12 Millwall fans and two Wigan fans), including six for affray”. However, The Sun Newspaper earlier reported that up to 30 Millwall fans were fighting with yet another sensationalist headline of “scum”. The irony, that is, The Sun Newspaper calling Sun readers scum. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree in my honest opinion. 

However, lets get to the nitty gritty of it all.

32,000 (attendance) / 30 (Maximum amount of those causing trouble) = 0.094.

That is, 0.094% of Millwall supporters that were alleged to have been causing trouble that day. So why is it that 99.906% of the Millwall fans that attended that day, who were on their best behavior, and Millwall Football Club, who opposed such violence, are blamed for the irresponsible actions of a spec of dust minority? I do not understand why and where all the hate for the club comes from?

Let’s take a look at last years statistics from the Home Office:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/97856/fbo-2010-11.pdf

Even if we compare the Premiership to football leagues, there is a huge difference in trouble on a whole

There are, by far, worse teams out there than Millwall, and yet time and time again the club and its supporters are targeted and ostracized. It wasn’t long ago the media pointed out one individual in the Millwall stands spouting out racist remarks and it made all the headlines but yet when you look at the Racist or Indecent Chanting section in the table above, hardly a mention in the news of anything from the Premiership. Millwall has been a club that has always been community focused. They run events and training sessions for young children and its supporter’s club have put together many charity fundraising events for victims of crime as well as their hard driven efforts to ‘kick racism out of football’.

No wonder why they think everyone hates them when they are continuously targeted all the time. Millwall is a club that promotes the community, individuals and unity. They have good core values and for all the negative comments against the club and its supporters on a whole, well, the people saying such things are just ignorant and the last time I checked, it was ignorance that breeds hate!

To:
Rt Hon Maria Miller MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport; and Minister for Women and Equalities
STOP victimising Millwall FC & put an END to hooligans headlining in sport

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    1. OVER 250 SIGNATURES!

      Sean Ash
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you!!

    2. Reached 250 signatures
    3. 99-NIL

      Sean Ash
      Petition Organizer

      I am delighted to announce this as the NEW campaign 99-NIL!

      http://99nil.com

      99-NIL is a campaign to stand up against Media Sensationalism in sport and victimizing sport’s clubs based on the negative actions of less than 1% of fans. We are the 99% of fans that go to sports games and cause no trouble but enjoy the competitive banter and the sportsman spirit.

      We are sick to death of being singled out and treated like we are scum. That’s why we are making a stand! We are cross-club and welcome all support.

      Find us on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/99Nil

      Find us on Twitter - https://www.twitter.com/99Nil0

      Please keep spreading the word. We really need more signatures.

      Thank you all

      Sean Ash
      www.theresilientliberal.com

      99-Nil

      I am delighted to announce the NEW campaign 99-NIL! http://99nil.com 99-Nil is a campaign to stand up against Media Sensationalism in sport and victimizing sport's clubs based on the negative actions of less than 1% of fans. We are the 99% of fans that go to sports games and cause no trouble but enjoy the competitive banter and the sportsman spirit.

    4. Reached 200 signatures
    5. Are The Sun Newspaper Criminals?

      Sean Ash
      Petition Organizer
      Are the Sun Newspaper Criminals?

      Continued from my earlier published article http://theresilientliberal.com/2013/04/18/the-sun-newspapers-attack-on-millwall-and-the-social-classes/ I have three questions: A picture copyrighted by Copyright 2012 News Group Newspapers Ltd and/or its licensors clearly shows members of the public in the pictures. Did they obtain permission? Privacy - It is unacceptable to photograph individuals in private places without their consent.

    6. The Sun Newspaper: They're at it again!

      Sean Ash
      Petition Organizer
      The Sun Newspaper's Attack on Millwall and the Social Classes

      Lets be honest, The Sun are hardly a credible source when it comes to reporting accurate and reliable News. They are actually a Newspaper that is everything wrong with Great Britain. The way they sell women's breasts to the nation, in order to get people to buy their piece of garbage, just goes to show the levels they will go to make sensationalism work.

    7. Update!!!

      Sean Ash
      Petition Organizer

      Dear Friends,
      If you have already signed the petition:

      Thank you ever so much. If you could also share on Facebook, Twitter and with friends, it would mean a lot.

      If you have not yet signed the petition:

      Please do sign as it is so important to Millwall and for sport; everything we are trying to do is to support the club's reputation from being tarnished by sensationalist and unfair reporting.

      The Campaign so far:

      There has been such a fantastic response from you all, Within two days, we have had 14,000 hits on the original article exposing the truth.

      In less than 24 hours, weve had over 100 signatures on our petition.

      I have contacted Southwark News and the petition will also be put in The Lions Roar Magazine with massive thanks to Ayse Smith Coates.

      We can't stop here. We need to get the message across and if you can help in anyway by simply sharing the link to this petition, it could mean everything.

      Thanks again and thank you for your support.

      Best wishes,

      Sean Ash

    8. Thank You!!

      Sean Ash
      Petition Organizer

      100 people have now signed this petition. Well done everyone! Please though, lets not stop at 100. We need to spread the word and get as many people to sign this as possible. Remember, it is not just important to Millwall, but important to sport. We should not have a press that allows hooligans to take over the front and back pages in sport. If they can do it to Millwall, they can do it to your club. The comments have been fantastic and I really hope we see more. Please, sign, share and thank you once again for your support.

    9. Reached 100 signatures

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    • stephen mansell LONDON, SENEGAL
      • 5 months ago

      its my club

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    • Hollie Brown LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 year ago

      Victimising the club needs to be stopped. Stereotyping every supporter as a 'holligan' is out of order, it is just a small number of people who feel the need to do it. It's wrong.

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    • jeff johnson BEXLEY, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 year ago

      i do not want to be associated with the scum minority at my own club

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    • Dawn Shepherd ROCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 year ago

      I am like the majority of millwall fans a hard working respectable law abiding member of society & I take great offence to the media constantly referring to millwall supporters as scum it is unfair

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    • Danny Johnson ERITH, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 year ago

      As a Millwall fan I take exception to being called scum by newspapers who themselves can be termed under this label.

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