Chairman John Berylson has hit back at suggestions Millwall is a racist club
Last Updated: October 18, 2012 6:12pm
Millwall chairman John Berylson has firmly refuted suggestions the club is inherently racist, voicing his 'dismay' at the media coverage surrounding the alleged racist abuse of Marvin Sordell.
An investigation into that matter is ongoing following the Lions' meeting with Bolton earlier this month.
But the Millwall chairman was keen to point out the work the South London club has done to combat racism in football in a statement on the Championship club's official website.
"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.
"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."
He added: "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."