Championship - Millwall boss unhappy with Jimmy Savile 'banter'

Millwall manager Ian Holloway has blasted his own supporters for directing Jimmy Savile chants towards fans of Leeds United on the opening day of the season.

Championship - Millwall boss unhappy with Jimmy Savile 'banter'

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Jimmy Savile (Getty) and Ian Holloway (PA Sport)

Millwall and Leeds have had a tempestuous rivalry over the years and a sizable number of Millwall fans were heard singing "Jimmy Savile, he's one of your own" to Leeds fans during the match at the New Den that Millwall won 2-0.

Leeds-born Savile was a popular radio and television presenter for over 50 years but after his death in 2011, hundreds of allegations of sexual abuse emerged with his alleged victims' ages ranging from eight to 47.

Before the match, a banner referencing Savile's link to Leeds was shared on social media, although it was not seen in the ground.

Holloway was not impressed with the behaviour of the supporters.

"I didn’t like the banter to be honest. I don’t think it was respectful, I really don’t," said Holloway "I don’t think [Savile chants] are right. I don’t care where he is from — that [Savile’s actions] is an absolute disgrace. Let’s stop and think about what he has actually done. That’s the most important thing and we don’t see that. 'Oh, it is a bit of banter'. It isn’t funny, is it? I don’t think so.

"Nobody likes a laugh more than me but I’m respectful — and that’s what I’m trying to show to Leeds United.

"Until we make a stand the world ain’t right. How often do we turn a blind eye to things? I want to look after our people. Some of the stewards aren’t as big as me. Why can’t people in the stand say, 'Chuck this guy out?' Coming into a ground doesn’t give you the right to say those things."

Millwall have constantly had to battle against unsavoury stories about the behaviour of their supporters.

Their reputation was particularly fearsome in the 1980s and 90s but even in the last couple of seasons there have been some incidents that has seen the club hit the headlines for the wrong reasons.

Last season Nottingham Forest midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah, who was at the time on loan from Chelsea, claimed he was subjected to racist abuse by a section of Millwall's home support.

While at the 2013 FA Cup semi-final with Wigan, fans were seen fighting among themselves in the stands, with one report even claiming the warring supporters were seen taking cocaine in front of children.

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