Millwall have slammed the “illogical decision” to move their visit to Rotherham in August.
The Lions were due to visit the AESSEAL New York Stadium on Saturday August 25 but South Yorkshire Police advised the game to be moved and it will now kick off at 12.30 on Sunday August 26.
The last time Millwall visited Rotherham there were unsavoury scenes as their fans tried to invade home sections of the stadium and rioted with police after watching their team go down to a damaging Championship defeat in February 2015.
Missiles thrown, Millwall fans tearing off the meshing to get to the Rotherham fans. Shameful. pic.twitter.com/hWto70x9Aq
— Rob Staton (@robstaton) February 28, 2015
There was further violence outside as stewards and police were attacked and arrests were later made as South Yorkshire police trawled through CCTV footage.
Still, despite this, the Lions are unhappy with the rescheduling and disputed it with the EFL, only for it to fall on deaf ears.
They said in a statement: “From the first stage of contact about a proposed rescheduling of this fixture the club has been strongly against moving the day or kick-off time and later took the issue to a dispute, overseen by The EFL, having been unable to reach a fair compromise with Rotherham United Football Club.
“After the dispute was concluded and a seemingly fair outcome achieved, South Yorkshire Police took the fixture to a full Safety Advisory Group meeting after which it was unfortunately decided to move the game to its new date.
“The club remains firmly against what it believes to be an entirely illogical decision and regrets that fair solutions offered by itself and by The EFL have been rejected.
“As is always the case in such circumstances the club has fought strenuously with the needs and interests of its supporters at the heart of its argument, as well as those of the management and team, and regrets that on this occasion a decision it believes to be completely unjustifiable, and one which shows clear moral mistreatment of football fans, is the unfortunate outcome.”
The Millers revealed the game had been moved due to “safety concerns”.