Sick football fans have been condemned for chanting vile songs about child killers Mick and Mairead Philpott at Derby County’s football ground.
Millwall supporters shouted ‘murderers’ and ‘you burn your kids alive’ at opposition fans during their team’s match at Pride Park on Saturday.
The yobs who yelled the obscenities were referring to the sad cases of the Philpott children who perished in a house fire at their home in Derby on May 11 last year.
Their parents Mick and Mairead, along with their friend Paul Moseley were convicted of six counts of manslaughter last month.
Father Mick, 56, will serve a life sentence with a minimum of 15 years, while Mairead, 32, and Moseley, 46, are expected to serve half their 17 year sentences.
Disgusted Derby supporter, James Watson, 39, said Millwall thugs laughed as they sang songs about the tragic case during Derby’s 1-0 victory.
He said: “I know there are chants that some fans sing deliberately to gas their opponents but Millwall stepped way over the mark.
“They were all laughing their heads off – they were singing about children dying in a house fire and they found it funny.
“I could not believe my ears. I was absolutely appalled.”
Rick Deckard, 50, added: “I’ve had it with Millwall fans. They never change.
“Throughout their history, they have had a reputation for violence and trouble, even fighting among themselves at the FA Cup semi-final.
“They stain the reputation of the game and decent fans at other clubs get tarred with the same brush.”
Another supporter, Deb Davis, said: “Congratulations Millwall.
“You have just reinforced your status as having the worst fan base in the country.
“You must be very proud.”
A spokesman for Millwall Football Club said: “Clearly, some offensive comments were made between both sets of supporters at the match, but we do not condone the part that our fans played in that.”
Derby County yesterday chose not to comment on the issue.
PC Rob Beeston, Derbyshire Police’s football intelligence officer, said Saturday’s game was categorised as having ‘a low potential for disorder.’
He confirmed one Millwall fan was arrested for being drunk and disorderly, but no police action taken in relation to the chanting.