Millwall to probe racism claims

  • Last Updated: October 8 2012, 13:41 BST

Millwall have pledged to call in police to investigate claims that four Bolton players were subjected to racist abuse.

Marvin Sordell: Claimed he was racially abused at The Den

Bolton forward Marvin Sordell claimed on Twitter that he was taunted by fans at the London club's ground on Saturday as he warmed up as a substitute.

He also alleged that three other Bolton players were abused during the npower Championship fixture.

On Monday Scotland Yard said no official complaint had been made, but that any allegations would be investigated.

A spokesman said: "There has been no complaint made to us, but if any allegation of racist behaviour or chanting is made it will be investigated thoroughly."

Sordell, who also plays for England Under-21s, said on the social networking site: "It's 2012 in England and people are still shouting racial abuse at a football game!? #shocking."

In another entry, he claimed Lee Chung-yong, Darren Pratley and Benik Afobe also suffered abuse.

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

Both Millwall and Bolton are investigating the claims.

Millwall's statement said: "The two clubs remain determined to do everything in their power to ensure that racist behaviour will not be tolerated.

"We will be speaking to the police and the match officials on this matter but no further comment will be made until this process has been completed and the investigations have been concluded."

Bolton said it was working with Millwall in the inquiry, and added: "Both clubs remain determined that racist behaviour or language will not be tolerated."

Millwall defender Danny Shittu says he did not hear any racial abuse towards Bolton's players during Saturday's match at The Den.

Shittu told Sky Sports News: "On the day we didn't really hear anything. I think there was so much going on that day, but me personally I didn't really hear anything.

"It's something that I didn't really find out about until I got home and saw it on the news.

"It something that is very, very sad to see. I know that Millwall have been doing a lot to combat these kind of things.

"And not just Millwall, I know a lot of clubs work on that. We're very disappointed to hear something like that going on."

Shittu, currently in his second spell with Millwall, has also played against the Lions at The Den.

And the 32-year-old insists he has never been on the receiving end of racist taunts as an opposition player.

"When I did play against them, anybody will tell you that anybody who comes back to Millwall, it's a hard ground to play at," added Shittu.

"The fans really do get on your back, but personally I didn't really experience any racism from them.

"It is a hard place to come and play and you do get a lot of abuse, like you do at any club you go to.

"I didn't personally get any racist taunts or anything like that."