Millwall Deny Racist Abuse From Fan

  • November 13, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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A spokesman for Millwall Football Club has confirmed there was no evidence to suggest a 13-year-old boy racially abused Bolton striker Marvin Sordell.

The 13-year-old, who can't be named due to legal reasons, was banned from attending Millwall games and placed on an education programme last week.

By placing the teenager on a course in order to 'change his outlook on equality, racism and life in general', this implied that he had admitted to using racist language towards the Wanderers player.

However, Peter Garston, Millwall's fan-appointed director, confirmed there was no evidence to suggest racial slurs had been used and a full apology had been sent to Sordell.

"There were no witnesses to substantiate the claims of racial abuse," Garston said. "The club checked the CCTV and saw an incident between Sordell and a 13-year-old boy. There was no audio evidence.

"The boy was interviewed (with a parent) by the club, at which time he admitted to verbally abusing Sordell. The boy also said that Sordell reacted with abuse back.

"The boy wrote to Sordell and apologised for the abuse. I would hope, being a professional footballer, Sordell would be man enough if he did react to give some sort of apology.

"I would like to see a statement of sorts clarifying the fact there was no admittance or evidence of racial abuse."

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