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Berylson defends Lions

18 October 2012

Millwall chairman John Berylson has hit out at suggestions the club is inherently racist.

Berylson expressed his "dismay" at the media coverage surrounding the alleged racist abuse of Bolton player Marvin Sordell when the two sides met earlier this month. An investigation into the matter is ongoing but the Lions chairman was keen to point out the work the south London club has done to combat racism in football.

"At Millwall we have done as much, if not more, than any other club in the country to highlight the need for equality within our game, something recognised by the FA and Kick it Out, a fact that is not always acknowledged within the media," he said in a statment on the club's website.

He added: "We don't just talk a good game on the subject we deliver via Millwall For All and a culture throughout our club.

"Our current player of the year, as voted by the fans is Jimmy Abdou and the year previously it was Tam Mkandawire. A slogan we adopted some years ago is 'Lions have pride, not prejudice' and that sums up our position accurately.

"Consequently, we were dismayed and disappointed by the nature of some of the media coverage we received when Marvin Sordell alleged, via twitter after the Bolton game, that he had been racially abused. The inference in some articles on the subject, was that Millwall is a racist club.

"We are passionate and loud in the support of our team but we are definitely not racist and do not tolerate racism in any form."

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