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  • 8 October 2012, 3:04

FA Probes Millwall v Bolton 'Racial Abuse'

The FA is to investigate claims that Bolton footballers were racially abused during a match against Millwall.

Former England under-21 star Marvin Sordell said on Twitter that he and teammates Lee Chung-Yong, Darren Pratley and Benik Afobe were subject to racist remarks at The Den.

Sordell, 21, wrote: "Putting the match aside, its 2012 in england and people are still shouting racial abuse at a football game!? #Shocking."

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

Sordell also posted abusive responses to his allegations on Twitter.

He added: "Funniest thing is if had come on and scored and gave them some back, i would be the one who got fined."

The two clubs are also investigating the striker's remarks.

A Millwall spokesman said: "Millwall and Bolton Wanderers are investigating allegations made by Bolton player Marvin Sordell that he was subjected to racial abuse by an individual while warming up as a substitute during Saturday's Championship clash at The Den.

"At this stage, we are trying to find any corroborative evidence we could use to take the allegations forward."

A Bolton spokesman added: "We are now working with Millwall to investigate and the club have informed us that they will speak to the police and match officials.

"Both clubs remain determined that racist behaviour or language will not be tolerated."

An FA spokesman stated: "The Football Association will be investigating the claims."

The Metropolitan Police said it would thoroughly investigate any allegations of racist abuse or chanting.

Sordell, who played for Team GB at the London Olympics, was an unused substitute as Darius Henderson's late winner clinched a 2-1 win for Millwall in the Championship match.

The abuse came a day after the FA released the written reasons for giving John Terry a four-match ban for racially abusing Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand last year.

In the judgement, the disciplinary panel raised concerns about the long-term impact of his outburst, which led to a court case in which he was cleared of a criminal offence.

"His conduct undermines the FA's efforts to promote inclusivity, equality and diversity and in combating racism in football," the FA said.

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