8 Nov 2012

Millwall ban teenager for racial abuse

7:08 am on 8 November 2012

The English second tier club Millwall have banned a 13-year-old supporter for "the foreseeable future" after he verbally abused a Bolton player during a match last month.

The South London club said the teenager had admitted abusing the player and had sent him a written apology.

Millwall decided against imposing a life ban on the fan, given his age, and instead they've offered him a place on a "Millwall for All" educational scheme, hoping to change his outlook on equality, racism and life in general.

Millwall supporters became notorious for violent and racist behaviour during the 1970s and 1980s, and club officials have tried to rid the club of its unsavoury image with a series of community schemes.

Meanwhile the England Football Association and the police continue to investigate inapproriate comments allegedly made by the premier league referee Mark Clattenburg to Chelsea's John Obi Mikel player in their recent match against Manchester United.