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."