Millwall bans fan for life over Diouf racist abuse

Millwall Football Club has issued a lifetime ban on a fan who hurled racist abuse at a Leeds player.

Gerrard Scanlon, 53, was arrested after Sky Sports News broadcast footage that appeared to show supporters abusing Senegalese striker El-Hadji Diouf.

Scanlon, who went before magistrates this morning, admitted unleashing a foul-mouthed tirade during the npower Championship clash at the south-east London club's ground on November 18.

A general view of The Den, home of Millwall Football Club. Credit: Stephen Pond/EMPICS Sport

The court banned Scanlon from attending football matches for five years. He was also fined £425 and ordered to pay costs of £85 and a £15 victim surcharge, Scotland Yard said.

Millwall Football Club said it was "appalled" by the clips, while captain Danny Shittu said he was "deeply saddened".

The club promised to ban any individuals for life if they were found guilty.