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Millwall fan charged with racist abuse

TARGETED: Racist abuse was aimed Diouf during a Leeds - Millwall game

TELEVISION FOOTAGE purporting to reveal Millwall fans racially abusing a Leeds United footballer has been used to charge a man with a racially aggravated public order offence.

The charges have been brought against Gerrard Scanlon, 53, from Enfield, north London.

The offence is in relation to a Championship match that took place on November 18 at Millwall’s home ground The Den.

The footage was made available by Sky Sports News from a report into racism in the game. Leeds attacker and Senegal international El Hadji Diouf is the player to whom the abuse is directed.

The charge which Scanlon faces includes accusations he used insulting, abusive or threatening language intended to cause distress.

Scanlon has been released on bail and on February 27 is set to appear before Bromley magistrates.

Millwall’s chief executive Andy Ambler was “appalled” and saddened by the allegations.

“Like all Millwall fans and football fans generally, we're appalled by the footage we've seen,” he said.

“Clearly that behaviour is unacceptable in any football ground in the country.

“Sadly racism exists in our society and certain individuals want to bring it into football grounds.

“It's down to us in football to do more”, The Lions chief executive added.

The alleged abuse from Millwall fans comes after Bolton’s Marvin Sordell claimed he was racially abused while playing at The Den last year. In reaction to his claims, a 13-year-old Millwall fan was banned from the ground after he posted a photoshopped image of Sordell being shot.

Furthermore, arrests were made when Millwall fans, at a later match, unfurled a banner declaring the England Under-21 striker a “c**t”.

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