Millwall chief executive: Nobody has been hung out to dry

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MILLWALL chief executive Andy Ambler believes the club deserves more credit than it has been given for its handling of the Marvin Sordell affair.

A 13-year-old boy was banned from The Den for the "foreseeable future" after admitting verbally abusing the Bolton striker – but there was confusion as to whether he had used racist language.

On Monday, fan on the board Peter Garston moved to clarify the issue, confirming that there was no evidence to support Sordell's allegation that he had been racially abused.



That prompted an angry reaction from some supporters who claimed the club should have made that fact more explicit in the initial statement they released last week.

But Ambler told NewsAtDen: "Nobody is saying the boy racially abused the player. Verbal abuse was admitted to and a letter of apology was written, but the boy is not a racist.

"We are not hanging anyone out to dry. We're trying to help this boy. We haven't banned him for life – he's banned pending completion of a course that we do in local schools all of the time.



"He's admitted that he did abuse the player, but not racially. I want him to come back to Millwall as soon as possible and enjoy his football.

"We have to have some sort of sanction for what happened on that day. It's not a case of hanging him out to dry.

"Club officials and Peter Garston have met with the boy and his family this week. I think in due course we will update the fans as to what is going on, with the family's blessing.

"But let's draw this to a conclusion rather than escalate it."

And Ambler says he is satisfied with the way Millwall handled the Football Association investigation into Sordell's claims, which were made on Twitter after the Lions 2-1 win over Bolton in October.

"We defended the club against a media that had portrayed us all as racist," he said. "We've defended the club in the correct way.

"The FA applauded us instead of charging us. We're not going to let the authorities use us as a scapegoat.

"When this was all at its peak, racism was at the forefront of British football for a while. It would have been very easy for Millwall to be charged and prosecuted.

"We made sure that we weren't. Some people have to focus on how we defended the club and the fans, rather than one person."

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7 thoughts on “Millwall chief executive: Nobody has been hung out to dry

  • November 14, 2012 at 17:02
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    Yeah well done Millwall for hanging a kid out to dry whilst allowing a minor to be abused on your premises and doing nothing about it other than blame a kid. A Blue Peter badge is in the post.

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  • November 14, 2012 at 18:08
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    Generally people accept that any punishment should fit the crime so, why has the boy been put on an education programme that includes behavours of a racial nature and a course at that which was formerly run by the Anti Racist Trust and who is educating Marvin Sordell in telling the truth?

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  • November 14, 2012 at 22:39
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    I'm really not sure I want Andy Ambler representing me as a Millwall fan anymore. Is all this a case of mis-communication? Scaremongering seems to be taking a new twist with him at the helm. Maybe 'Millwall All' is a successful community program but he really needs to wake up and taste the Morton factory jam! To know Millwall is to understand us, totally.

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  • November 15, 2012 at 03:09
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    I am still shocked by this....
    The club have totally hung this poor kid out to dry! Sordell said he was "Racially abuse" there wasn't one ounce of proof to back that up. The kid admitted "abusing" Sordell.
    Big f****** deal!
    The club should have made this 100% clear in their statement as every press source have and are still running "racial abuse" at the Den!

    Sordell is the one that should be getting hung out to dry for using the race card and dragging the kid and club through the dirt. If I ran the club I would sue Sordell for slander and damages!
    Then these sort of comments would soon stop with no proof!

    Now, does this now mean that EVERY fan that utters a negative word to an opposing player will get "banned" until they have passed this course?
    The club/board and Chairman moan about not getting enough bums on seats. And they think this will help? Total joke. Stick up for your self and it's fans Millwall and stop crawling up the FA's a***!

    And how come this lying plum Sordell hasn't been made to apologize to the kid for using foul language back? Isn't this whole thing a little bit "pot calling the kettle ..... Oh wait, better not finish that!

    RIP Millwall!

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    • November 15, 2012 at 11:13
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      Well said stub74 I totally agree.

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      • November 15, 2012 at 11:41
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        i can just about see that once the FA and Bolton got involved, doing nothing was not an option and the action the club has taken is towards the minor end of the scale in the current climate. That said, I pretty much agree with everything stub74 has said, particularly the fact that the true villain (Sordell himself) seems to have got off scot free. If he was any kind of a man he would come out and apologise.

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