FA to probe Millwall racist abuse claim by Bolton striker Sordell
Bolton Wanderers striker Marvin Sordell has claimed he and several team-mates were racially abused by Millwall fans during his side’s 2-1 defeat at The Den on Saturday (6 October).
The 21-year-old said on Twitter that he had reported the incident and alleged Lee Chungyong, Darren Pratley and Benik Afobe had also been subjected to racist taunts.
Sordell said: “It’s 2012 in England and people are still shouting racial abuse at a football game!? Shocking.”
He added: “Chungy, Pratts, Benik and I had all sorts of things said to us. The police were standing yards away and did nothing …”
Sordell also received abusive responses to his allegations on Twitter. He added: “Funniest thing is, if had come on and scored and gave them some back, I would be the one who got fined.”
The striker, who was a member of Stuart Pearce’s Team GB Olympics squad, has been retweeting some of the vile messages he has received in the wake of Saturday’s claims.
In response to one tweet which implied he was fabricating the allegations, Sordell said: “oh so somebody calling me a slave c*** isnt racist?”
The FA are investigating the matter and Millwall released a statement saying they are also probing the claims, saying: “Millwall and Bolton Wanderers are investigating allegations made by Bolton player Marvin Sordell that he was subjected to racial abuse by an individual whilst warming up as a substitute during Saturday’s Championship clash at The Den.
“The two clubs remain determined to do everything in their power to ensure that racist behaviour will not be tolerated.
“We will be speaking to the police and the match officials on this matter but no further comment will be made until this process has been completed and the investigations have been concluded.”
Shortly after the FA’s confirmation that they would investigate the incident, Bolton released a statement of their own.
It read: “Marvin Sordell has made Bolton Wanderers aware that he was subject to alleged racial abuse during the game against Millwall.
“We are now working with Millwall to investigate and the club have informed us that they will speak to the police and match officials.
“Both clubs remain determined that racist behaviour or language will not be tolerated.”
From Daily Mail