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Alleged homophobic abuse reported at Millwall

Championship match paused by referee during first half, with fans warned via stadium announcement at half-time

Last Updated: 18/01/20 8:56pm

The alleged abuse occurred at The Den on Saturday afternoon

The alleged abuse occurred at The Den on Saturday afternoon

Millwall have confirmed match officials reported an incident of alleged homophobic abuse during their Championship game against Reading at The Den on Saturday.

The Lions won 2-0 thanks to two second half goals, but the game was overshadowed by referee Keith Stroud stopping play during the first half due to the incident.

Stroud was called over by his assistant in front of the East Stand to report alleged homophobic chanting from sections of the home support.

1:57 Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Millwall and Reading

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Millwall and Reading

The experienced referee informed both managers of the situation, before fans were warned via a public announcement at half-time.

A Millwall statement read: "Millwall Football Club can confirm that the match officials reported an alleged incident of homophobic abuse during the first-half of its game against Reading at The Den today (Saturday 18th January 2020).

"The club carried out step one of the advised protocol by making a tannoy announcement to the crowd as quickly as possible. A comprehensive investigation into the alleged incident is well underway.

"Millwall Football Club has a zero-tolerance policy against discrimination of any kind. Any individual found guilty of such abuse at The Den is issued with an immediate lifetime ban."

Both Millwall boss Gary Rowett and Reading manager Mark Bowen gave their view of events after the conclusion of the match.

0:36 Millwall boss Gary Rowett says the club will investigate the incident

Millwall boss Gary Rowett says the club will investigate the incident

Rowett said: "I don't necessarily think it was a chant, I think the linesman's heard a comment. There can be lots of comments in a game like that.

"The linesman, with what he's suggested the comment was, has to report it to the referee, who then in turn has to report it to the side of the pitch.

"The club are brilliant at stuff like that, they've worked incredibly hard to make sure things like that don't happen here.

"It's something we don't condone if it has been said. We don't know for sure that it has and they'll investigate, so of course I'll leave it down to them to investigate."

Bowen added: "The referee came over and quietly said he's got to tell us, myself and Gary [Rowett], that there was reported homophobic chants on the far side.

"I don't know if it was to our players or anything. In fairness to our players, they didn't mention it at half-time, we were focused on other things.

"It's sad. From my point of view, as the manager of Reading, it's sad, but it's Millwall's situation to deal with."


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Brewster strikes in Swansea win

Report and highlights from the Sky Bet Championship clash at the Liberty Stadium

Last Updated: 18/01/20 6:29pm

2:11 Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Swansea and Wigan

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Swansea and Wigan

Rhian Brewster scored his first goal in senior football as Swansea returned to the Sky Bet Championship play-off places with a 2-1 victory over Wigan.

The England U17 World Cup winner, on loan from Liverpool until the end of the season, equalised with a smart left-footed effort before Andre Ayew completed Swansea's comeback and took them into fifth spot.

Wigan had led for three first-half minutes through Nathan Byrne and acquitted themselves well in an entertaining contest.

But the Latics have now won only once in 16 games and remain in the relegation zone.

Rhian Brewster celebrates scoring for Swansea

Rhian Brewster celebrates scoring for Swansea

There was a worrying start to the match as Swansea goalkeeper Freddie Woodman and Wigan striker Joe Garner suffered a clash of heads inside the opening 45 seconds.

Both players needed treatment but were able to resume after a lengthy stoppage.

Wigan took the lead after 16 minutes with a sweeping move that stretched from one penalty area to the other.

Right-back Byrne had been involved earlier and he made his way into the box to slot home Kieran Dowell's cut-back.

But Swansea were level almost immediately as two England U21 internationals combined to devastating effect.

Chelsea youngster Conor Gallagher, making his Swansea debut after joining on loan in midweek, slipped a reverse pass into Brewster's path and his unerring finish found the bottom corner of the Wigan net.

The addition of Gallagher to fellow newcomer Brewster and Ayew provides Swansea with extra movement and bodes well for their promotion prospects in the second half of the season.

Gallagher was eager to break forward from his midfield station and fired over Connor Roberts' cross as Swansea continued to work themselves into good positions.

But Wigan remained a threat on the break and another excellent move saw Garner head over Antonee Robinson's cross.

Swansea went close when Bersant Celina sped past Byrne and Kal Naismith had to intervene to make a goal-line clearance.

Celina sent over another cross on the stroke of half-time but the unmarked Ayew headed wide when it seemed easier to score.

Swansea raised the tempo at the start of the second half and Brewster's shot was blocked before a Kyle Naughton attempt from distance was deflected wide.

Gallagher then found space in a crowded goalmouth to dig out an effort, which was again deflected to safety.

Wigan sent on Wales striker Kieffer Moore for his first taste of action since early December, but Swansea's superiority was rewarded after 67 minutes.

The outstanding Celina sprinted past Byrne and crossed for Ayew to backheel his 10th league goal of the season.

Ayew and Celina could have extended the lead, but Swansea were grateful to Woodman in stoppage time for denying Moore from a tight angle.

What the managers said...

Swansea's Steve Cooper: "Strikers love scoring and it was a really good finish [from Brewster]. I've seen him score hundreds of them during my time with Liverpool and with the national team. That little power run in behind and the quick finish.

"It will not do him any harm, it will build his confidence and he will realise he will have to make those runs and make those opportunities for players to make those passes. He is a young boy who is loving life in Swansea. The fans have been great with him and he wants to give a bit back. He knows that's important."

Wigan's Paul Cook: "Of course we've still got the fight, you have to. It's same old, same old. We've been there before. We managed to take the lead and then we gave a goal away which you couldn't make up.

"But it's the way our season's gone. We gave away another cheap goal. The lads don't lie down, but we lacked quality."

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Hull offer Bowen new improved deal

Last Updated: 18/01/20 6:07pm

Winger Jarrod Bowen has been offered a new deal by Hull

Winger Jarrod Bowen has been offered a new deal by Hull

Hull winger Jarrod Bowen, who has been linked with a move in the January transfer window, has been offered a new and improved contract with the Tigers.

Bowen's current deal expires in the summer, although Hull have the option of extending it by a further year.

The 23-year-old winger, who has scored 17 goals this season, has been recently linked with Newcastle and a host of Championship clubs including Leeds and West Brom.

1:20 Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby and Hull

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby and Hull

Hull's offer to Bowen is believed to double his current salary in the Championship, and would be quadrupled if Hull were promoted to the Premier League.

Tigers' owner Assem Allam recently revealed that the club had turned down a previous bid for the player and are not interested in allowing the talented winger to leave the club.

Speaking to Hull Live, Allam said: "We resisted six months ago and we hope we will be successful in keeping Jarrod again, I wouldn't sell him for £20m."

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Championship: Leeds miss chance to go top

Last Updated: 18/01/20 6:04pm

Kalvin Phillips (L) was sent off as Leeds lost at QPR

Kalvin Phillips (L) was sent off as Leeds lost at QPR

Leeds missed the chance to return to the top of the Championship as their worrying form continued following a controversial 1-0 defeat at QPR.

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With West Brom playing Stoke at The Hawthorns on Monday night, Leeds had an opportunity to put pressure on their promotion rivals but instead slipped to a second successive defeat.

QPR took the lead in the 20th minute when Ebere Eze's free-kick was deflected into the path of Nahki Wells, who converted his fifth goal in three games despite the ball striking his hand.

2:13 Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between QPR and Leeds

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between QPR and Leeds

Patrick Bamford had a penalty saved by Liam Kelly after he was upended by the QPR goalkeeper just past the hour, before Pablo Hernandez struck the outside of the post from a free-kick.

Leeds, who have now won just one of their last seven league games, finished the match with 10 men when Kalvin Phillips (88) was shown a straight red card for a poor tackle on Geoff Cameron.

Brentford were held to a goalless draw at lowly Huddersfield where a win would have lifted them above west London rivals Fulham - who beat Middlesbrough 1-0 on Friday night - into third.

Josh Dasilva came close to a late winner but saw his effort hit a post.

Swansea came from behind to beat relegation-threatened Wigan 2-1 at the Liberty Stadium.

2:11 Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Swansea and Wigan

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Swansea and Wigan

Nathan Byrne put second-bottom Wigan ahead but Rhian Brewster - on loan from Liverpool - struck his first goal for Swansea with an equaliser three minutes later.

Andre Ayew then netted the winner in the second half as Swansea climbed into fifth.

Ten-man Sheffield Wednesday failed to build on their 2-0 win at Leeds as they suffered a 5-0 defeat to Blackburn at Hillsborough. Lewis Holtby put Rovers in front before the Owls had Massimo Luongo sent off shortly afterwards.

1:59 Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday and Blackburn

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday and Blackburn

Things went from bad to worse when Cameron Dawson tipped Lewis Travis' effort onto the post, only for the ball to hit the Owls 'keeper and go into the net.

Holtby added a third on the stroke of half-time while Darragh Lenihan and Sam Gallagher struck in the second half as Rovers won for the first time in six league games with Wednesday suffering a fourth loss in five.

Second-half goals from Matt Smith and Jon Dadi Bodvarsson earned Millwall a 2-0 win over Reading in a game which was marred by an incident of homophobic chanting at The Den.

Smith's powerful strike gave Millwall the lead before Bodvarsson came off the bench to secure all three points, continuing the Lions' superb form under Gary Rowett.

1:57 Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Millwall and Reading

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Millwall and Reading

But the result will be overshadowed by the off-field incident which saw referee Keith Stroud stop play during the first half. Stroud was called over by his assistant in front of the East Stand to report homophobic chanting from sections of the home support.

Niclas Eliasson netted an 87th minute winner as Bristol City beat Barnsley 1-0 at Ashton Gate which, like Millwall, leaves the Robins outside of the top six on goal difference.

Preston are a point further behind as they also came from behind to beat Charlton 2-1 at Deepdale.

Andre Green, who began the season on loan at Preston, handed Charlton an early lead but Josh Harrop levelled before Patrick Bauer struck the winner early in the second half.

Lee Tomlin's second-half strike cancelled out Jude Bellingham's opener as Birmingham and Cardiff drew 1-1 at St Andrew's while Matt Clarke scored the only goal as Derby defeated Hull at Pride Park.

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Controversial Wells strike sinks 10-man Leeds

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Report and highlights from the Sky Bet Championship clash at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium

Last Updated: 18/01/20 2:53pm

2:13 Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between QPR and Leeds

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between QPR and Leeds

Nahki Wells scored a controversial winner as QPR beat Leeds 1-0 in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday.

Leeds' slump in form continued as they fell to defeat at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium, although the winning goal midway through the first half will be a huge talking point, after the ball struck Wells on both arms before he stroked it home.

The away side did have a huge chance to level the game just after the hour mark, but Patrick Bamford's penalty was saved by QPR goalkeeper Liam Kelly.

It is back-to-back defeats for Leeds in the Championship now, and just one win in seven, allowing their promotion rivals to continue to close what was once an almighty gap. It went from bad to worse late on as well, as Kalvin Phillips was shown a straight red card for a lunge on Geoff Cameron.

Controversial strike seals win in west London

Nahki Wells scored the winner for QPR

Nahki Wells scored the winner for QPR

QPR caused all kinds of problems to Leeds on the counter-attack throughout the first half as Ebere Eze and Bright Osayi-Samuel ran at them time and time again, and it was the latter who won the free kick on the edge of the box that led to the first goal on 20 minutes.

  • Jack Clarke - the Leeds academy graduate - started on the bench for QPR having joined on loan from Tottenham this week. He spent the first half of the season back on loan at Leeds, having signed from the club for Spurs in the summer, but saw his playing time extremely limited by Marcelo Bielsa. Elsewhere, Liam Kelly started in goal, Conor Masterson made a first Championship start and Lee Wallace came in.
  • For Leeds there was just one change as Pablo Hernandez started in place of the injured Barry Douglas.

Wells' opener, however, was controversial to say the least. Eze's free kick ricocheted off the head of Luke Ayling and hit the arm of the QPR striker, before it bounced up and hit his other hand. That second deflection caused the ball to sit up perfectly, and provided him with a virtually unguarded net to slot into, as Kiko Casilla had already dived to his left to try and save the initial set-piece attempt.

Marcelo Bielsa made a change at the break as he threw on Ezgjan Alioski for Stuart Dallas - who had been run absolutely ragged at left-back by Osayi-Samuel and was on a yellow card.

Liam Kelly trips Patrick Bamford for the penalty, which he went on to save

Liam Kelly trips Patrick Bamford for the penalty, which he went on to save

Leeds took the game back to QPR and had a glorious opportunity to level after 62 minutes as Bamford won a penalty off Kelly, but the goalkeeper dusted himself down and pushed Bamford's resulting low effort from 12 yards wide of the post.

Leeds just couldn't find a way through and Phillips' late red card ended any hopes of a comeback. He will likely now miss three games to leave Leeds' squad looking even thinner. It won't have done his England chances any good if Gareth Southgate was watching, either.

It allowed QPR to get back to winning ways after a disappointing result at Brentford last week and edge back up the table towards the play-offs.

Man of the match: Liam Kelly

Kelly celebrates with his team-mates after saving Bamford's penalty

Kelly celebrates with his team-mates after saving Bamford's penalty

Handed his first start in the Championship since early November, with his last appearance coming in the reverse fixture against Leeds at Elland Road, he certainly took his chance with both hands. Kelly may have conceded the penalty, but more than made up for it with a fantastic save from Bamford.

What's next?

QPR's next game is an FA Cup fourth-round tie at home to Sheffield Wednesday on Friday night. Their next Championship game is at Blackburn the following Tuesday night.

Leeds have a 10-day break now before facing Millwall at Elland Road on Tuesday, January 28.

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