Bolton striker Marvin Sordell insists that "we can't be silent" on the issue of racism in football after being abused by fans at Millwall in October.
The forward, who represented Great Britain at the Olympics in 2012, made his point known as he was speaking to Sky Sports News for a report on the subject prompted in part by his experiences at The Den. The program captured several Milwall fans abusing players in subsequent games in footage that the Metropolitan Police has requested to examine further.
"The first thing that needs to happen is that we can't be silent," Sordell said. "We need to make people aware that there is a problem going on and only when people are aware of that can it be sorted out.
"I wouldn't say [the abuse] is shocking, but it does surprise me. Living in a country which is very developed and so multicultural, it's surprising that it can still go on, but it doesn't exactly shock me.
"Sometimes it does give me that bit of fire and make me want to do better just to prove people wrong and show them that I can rise above it."
"Sometimes it does give me that bit of fire and make me want to do better just to prove people wrong"
- Marvin Sordell