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  • 13 February 2013, 9:29

Man Arrested Over Diouf Racist Abuse Claims

A man has been arrested in connection with racist abuse hurled at Leeds striker El-Hadji Diouf by Millwall fans.

The 53-year-old man was arrested after Sky Sports News broadcast footage which showed some of the fans hurling insults at the Senegalese forward during a game at the Den in November.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said the man, from Enfield in north London, had been remained in custody on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence.

Millwall Football Club said it was "appalled" by the footage and vowed to reopen an investigation into allegations of racial abuse, which initially emerged online.

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

The footage appears to show fans hurling insults at Diouf during an npower Championship clash between the two clubs at the southeast London ground on November 18.

The Lions' chief executive, Andy Ambler, said an initial investigation was closed after Diouf said he heard no racist abuse aimed at him.

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

He added: "Sadly racism exists in our society and certain individuals want to bring it into football grounds. It's down to us in football do to more.

The club's captain, Danny Shittu, released a statement on the club website reading: "I am deeply saddened by the documentary on Sky Sports showing racism by the minority at matches including at Millwall FC.

"As the current Millwall captain, racism is something I do not stand for or condone.

"I am currently in talks with the club about any further measures we can take in dealing with and eradicating racism at matches."