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Teenager banned from football for abusing Bolton striker

Marvin Sordell was abused during the game at Millwall Photo: PA Images

Millwall have banned a 13-year-old fan for "the foreseeable future" after he admitted verbally abusing Bolton's Marvin Sordell during an npower Championship match last month.

The incident occurred during Millwall's 2-1 win over Wanderers at the New Den on October 6 and led to an investigation involving both clubs and the Football Association.

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 program "in the hope that we can change his outlook on equality, racism and life in general".

Reports concerning possible racial abuse stemmed from claims made by Sordell on his Twitter account hours after the game.

The 21-year-old former Watford striker, who represented Great Britain at the London 2012 Olympics, stated himself and fellow substitutes Lee Chung-young, Darren Pratley and Benik Afobe were subject to racist taunts while warming up and accused nearby police officers of failing to step in.

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..."

A statement from Bolton said: "Following the conclusion of the investigation, Bolton Wanderers would like to thank the FA and Millwall for their co-operation and assistance in responding to the events at The Den.

"Marvin Sordell would like to thank the FA, the PFA and Kick It Out for their support, and Millwall for the way in which they dealt with this.

"Bolton Wanderers will continue to work with, and support, the FA, Kick It Out and Show Racism the Red Card in their on-going work against all forms of discrimination in football."

An FA statement added: "The FA applauds both Millwall FC and Bolton Wanderers FC for their commitment and cooperation in ensuring a full and thorough investigation could take place.

"We would also like to thank Marvin Sordell and The PFA for their assistance throughout this process.

"The FA fully supports Millwall's approach in terms of dealing with the young individual responsible through a ban from the club's matches for the foreseeable future as well as offering him a place on one of its education programmes, run by Millwall for All.

"As the English game's governing body, the FA continues to work closely with our partners to ensure we eradicate all forms of discrimination in football, including the important work Kick It Out undertakes with professional clubs through the Equality Standards."

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