Millwall to speak to police over racism claims

Championship club Millwall will speak to police as they continue to investigate allegations that four Bolton players, including South Korea's Lee Chung-yong, were racially abused during Saturday's match at the Den.

Bolton Wanderers' South Korean midfielder Lee Chung-Yong in 2011. Championship club Millwall will speak to police as they continue to investigate allegations that four Bolton players, including South Korea's Lee Chung-yong, were racially abused during Saturday's match at the Den.

Bolton striker Marvin Sordell claimed on Twitter that he was taunted by Millwall fans at the southeast London club on Saturday as he warmed up as a substitute.

Sordell, who represented Britain at the recent Olympics, alleged that three other Bolton players -- Lee, Benik Afobe and Darren Pratley -- were also abused while they were warming up.

Sordell, who also plays for England under-21s, said on the social networking site: "It's 2012 in England and people are still shouting racial abuse at a football game!? shocking.

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

Scotland Yard said no official complaint had been made, but that any allegations would be investigated.

A spokesman said: "There has been no complaint made to us, but if any allegation of racist behaviour or chanting is made it will be investigated thoroughly."

The Football Association are looking into the claims and Millwall have called in the police to aid their own investigation.

"The two clubs remain determined to do everything in their power to ensure that racist behaviour will not be tolerated," Millwall said in a statement.

"We will be speaking to the police and the match officials on this matter but no further comment will be made until this process has been completed and the investigations have been concluded."

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