Boy banned by Millwall "did not racially abuse" Sordell

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THE 13-year-old boy banned by Millwall for verbally abusing Marvin Sordell did not admit to using racist language, it emerged on Monday night.

Peter Garston, the club's fan-appointed director, has confirmed that there was no evidence to substantiate Sordell's claim that he had been racially abused.

A joint investigation by the Lions, Bolton and the Football Association into Sordell's allegations was concluded last week and resulted in the young fan being banned "for the foreseeable future".



A statement added that the boy would be invited to attend one of the club's educational courses in order to "change his outlook on equality, racism and life in general" – implying he had admitted using racist jibes.

But Garston said: "There were no witnesses to substantiate the claims of racial abuse. 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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8 thoughts on “Boy banned by Millwall "did not racially abuse" Sordell

  • November 13, 2012 at 09:28
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    Who's the 13 year old here? The kid or Sordell?!!

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  • November 13, 2012 at 13:36
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    After a strong initial response to the defamatory nonsense of Yasmin Alibhai-Brown and others in the media, the club has really made a mess of this. The statement regarding the boy's `re-education' should have made it absolutely clear that the accusations of racism were unfounded. But instead the mealy-mouthed press release has brought upon the club - and more worryingly on a 13-year-old boy - the reputational damage that it sought to avoid.

    I think that the forceful rebuttal of the Independent's article and of the print media's response to the Sordell incident shows the board are still willing to fight our corner when necessary. But there is a growing perception among fans that the club has reverted to the Theo Paphitis view that we are a hindrance to progress. Outsiders have a fixed view of us, and this isn't going to change anytime soon. It is more important that the club recognizes that its handling of the Sordell incident has the potential to erode trust between it and the supporters.

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    • November 13, 2012 at 15:15
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      I agree with all of the comments so far, although I think the clubs hands are tied a little - this is still being reported as a racial incident. I have been told that the boy in question told Mr Sordell that he looked like a fish!! Obviously the club can't publicize the actual comment due to poor Marvin's apparent super sensitivity but I would have hoped that they would have made more of a point that this was not a racial insult. I wonder if the young boys rehabilitation will involve a trip to the London Aquarium!!!

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  • November 13, 2012 at 13:55
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    We hear this news from News at Den, but now the damage is done we won't hear it from the national press especailly Sky Sports!!

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  • November 13, 2012 at 16:10
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    I got a nice picture like this on Saturday as well .

    Time the club made a clarifying statement of FACT. Then Mr Sordell can refute it.
    Millwalls word against an Afro Carribean British person ( I'm so PC . I don't make sense) .....only one winner there then

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