Millwall issue life ban after supporter admits to racist abuse

© Kieran Galvin
© Kieran Galvin

MILLWALL have banned a fan from The Den for life after he admitting racially abusing Leeds United striker El Hadji Diouf in court on Wednesday.

Gerrard Scanlon pleaded guilty to a racially aggravated public order offence at Bromely Magistrates Court and was issued with a £400 fine, plus £125 costs, and a five-year football banning order.

However, the Lions have decided to impose their own punishment on the 53-year-old from Enfield, banning him indefinitely from home matches.

Scanlon, a lorry driver, was arrested and charged by the Metropolitan Police after he was filmed by Sky Sports News shouting racist abuse at Diouf during Millwall's 1-0 win over Leeds in November.

A Millwall statement read: "We are pleased that the behaviour of this individual came to notice, and that the police and the courts have now taken action against him.

"We continue to operate a zero tolerance policy to target and ban any fan guilty of displaying racist behaviour.

"We look forward to developing even closer links with other agencies, including those in the media, who share our determination to eradicate racism from our game."

Sergeant Mark Ireland, from Lewisham's Football and Events office, added: "This sentencing shows that we take racism very seriously and it will not be tolerated.

"The majority of fans are law-abiding people but a minority seem determined to cause trouble. We will always work hard to bring to justice anyone found to be engaged in racism or violence.

"Equally we continue to work alongside Millwall FC and other partners to stamp out this behaviour and ensure football matches are safe and trouble-free for supporters and the wider public."

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8 thoughts on “Millwall issue life ban after supporter admits to racist abuse

  • February 27, 2013 at 16:20
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    He could have been banned months ago had Sky shared the footage with the club e.t.c. at the time. Scum racist, scum journalist.

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  • February 27, 2013 at 16:58
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    He aint no Millwall fan.

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  • February 27, 2013 at 18:02
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    The sooner we get rid of people like him the better.

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  • February 27, 2013 at 22:02
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    That'll be 6,499 season ticket holders left then.

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  • February 27, 2013 at 23:20
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    Think the club did the right thing, but probably the only option with FA watching to see our reaction.

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  • February 28, 2013 at 08:47
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    We will always have a gun pointed at our heads!

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  • February 28, 2013 at 14:11
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    No place at our club for scum like this!! We don't live in the dark ages any more!!

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  • February 28, 2013 at 14:14
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    And as for Sky TV if they want to "do a job on us" again then the club should think about boycotting them!!!! And take Peter Beagrie with em, c**** never got a good word to say about us!!!!

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