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Millwall ban 13-year-old fan for verbally abusing Bolton player

Brooks Peck
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England U-21's Marvin Sordell (right) clashes with a Serbian coach. (Getty)

Millwall have banned a 13-year-old fan from the club's matches "for the foreseeable future" after it was determined that he racially abused Bolton's Marvin Sordell during a match at the New Den in October. Following a joint investigation by Millwall, Bolton and the FA, the boy admitted what he said and wrote Sordell, who was also involved in the racially-charged clash between England and Serbia's U-21 teams a week later, a letter of apology.

From the Telegraph:

Millwall today confirmed the teenager had admitted abusing Sordell and has subsequently issued a written apology to the player.

Given the boy's age, Millwall have not imposed a life ban on the youngster and offered him a place on a 'Millwall for All' educational programme "in the hope that we can change his outlook on equality, racism and life in general".

In a statement released by Millwill, they announced that they have offered the boy a place in "one of our education programmes, run by Millwall for All (formerly the Millwall Anti-Racism Trust) in the hope that we can change his outlook on equality, racism and life in general."

As disturbing as it is that a kid so young would racially abuse a footballer, Sordell, who played for Great Britain at the London Olympics, alleged in a series of tweets after the match that he and teammates Lee Chung-young, Darren Pratley and Benik Afobe were subject to more abuse than just one teenager could offer while nearby police did nothing.

Sordell tweeted: "Putting the match aside, its 2012 in england and people are still shouting racial abuse at a football game!? #Shocking.

"Chungy, Pratts, Benik and i had all sorts of things said to us. The police were standing yards away and did nothing..."

So a kid gets punished, but it seems the bigger problem is getting ignored. Again.

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