By George Overhill

17th Sep, 2023 | 7:50pm

Footage of Millwall fans emerges from Leeds United defeat as 'object' picked up after Luke Ayling celebration in 3-0 win

An “object” was picked up by the referee after Leeds United went 3-0 up against Millwall as Luke Ayling celebrated close to both the home and away fans, according to Graham Smyth.

The Yorkshire Evening Post journalist reported via Twitter from The Den on Sunday (17 September) that Chris Kavanagh had found the object after the celebrations following Georginio Rutter’s goal to put the visitors into an unassailable three-goal lead.

Then, after Smyth reported of a “gent” in the home end “shadow boxing” and “windmilling” at the travelling supporters, footage then emerged online of the interactions between both sets of fans.

As Leeds United fans goaded the home support and chanted about their triumphant players a section of the Millwall fans were seen getting increasingly irate in a clip posted on Twitter.

Big win

In what has been a tough fixture for the Whites in recent years this was exactly the sort of result that could kickstart the season under Daniel Farke.

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Two more goals from headline summer arrival Joel Piroe and another from the club-record signing Rutter, with a second consecutive clean sheet as well, represented virtually a perfect return to action for the Leeds United boss.

The “sad news” that Djed Spence is set to be out for a number of weeks with injury was the only disappointment on a day where Farke saw his side climb up to 10th in the table.

Whether there will be any repercussions based on the referee’s report as a result of the object, whichever direction it came from, remains to be seen.

But in what has become a fairly heated rivalry between the two sides, despite both Charlie Cresswell and Jamie Shackleton heading to Millwall for a season on loan last term, the Whites fans will have enjoyed leaving South London with a win for the first time since 2012.

Farke will be looking to go on a run now to push up the table, after getting through a difficult first month of the season amid upheaval off the pitch while the transfer window was still open.

In other Leeds United news, a Whites player has surely played his last game for the club now and a permanent exit is on the cards.