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Joey Barton makes debut for Marseille

About time! Barton finally makes league debut for Marseille and helps French side move level with PSG at summit

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UPDATED:

00:04 GMT, 26 November 2012

QPR loanee Joey Barton finally made his league debut for French outfit Marseille on Sunday, helping his side move level on points with leaders Paris Saint-Germain in the process.

The Rangers exile had a lengthy wait for his first domestic match for the Ligue 1 team, and could only play in the Europa League while he served his 12-match ban.

But Barton was handed a start at Stade Velodrome in front of the home crowd as Marseille beat Lille 1-0.

Back with a bang: Joey Barton was inches away from marking his Ligue 1 debut with a goal

Back with a bang: Joey Barton was inches away from marking his Ligue 1 debut with a goal

Up for the fight: Barton (left) picked up a yellow card within the first 30 minutes of the match

Up for the fight: Barton (left) picked up a yellow card within the first 30 minutes of the match

Marseille took their time to get a foothold in the game, as Nolan Roux and Marvin Martin went close in the early stages.

But the hosts would have been in front after 13 minutes if it weren't for a splendid triple save from Mickael Landreau as he denied Andre Ayew, then Mathieu Valbuena and then Benoit Cheyrou.

Barton wasted little time in picking up his first caution in French football, as the QPR midfielder was booked after 22 minutes for a strong challenge on Florent Balmont.

But the Englishman settled well into the match, and so too did Marseille.

Balmont was red-carded before the break after chopping down Valbuena when the Frenchman was through on Landreau's goal

Need a hand Barton helped his side join Paris Saint-Germain at the top of the table

Need a hand Barton helped his side join Paris Saint-Germain at the top of the table

Goal threat: Jordan Ayew (right) scored the only goal of the game

Goal threat: Jordan Ayew (right) scored the only goal of the game

It went from bad to worse for Eden Hazard's former club as Lille went a goal down through a Jordan Ayew header just after half-time.

Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda was called upon on a number of occasions by the visitors, but proved himself more than up to the challenge with a couple of competent stops.

Barton, who also had stints with Manchester City and Newcastle, was inches away from marking his league debut with a peach of a goal.

The 30-year-old blasted an rasping drive from 25 yards, but it whistled past the stranded Landreau's post.

Marseille joined PSG at the top of the table on 26 points, having played one game less, but sit in second place with an inferior goal difference.

Off: Florent Balmont (left) saw red for a foul on Mathieu Valbuena (right)

Off: Florent Balmont (left) saw red for a foul on Mathieu Valbuena (right)

Grateful: Barton applauded the home crowd for their support

Grateful: Barton applauded the home crowd for their support

Marvin Sordell: Six released on bail over offensive banner

Six Millwall fans arrested over 'Sordell is a c***' banner are released on police bail

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UPDATED:

10:34 GMT, 12 November 2012

Six football fans arrested after an offensive banner was unfurled at Millwall have all been released on bail.

A sign directed at Bolton striker Marvin Sordell, who was racially abused by one of the club's fans last month, was unveiled at The Den during the Lions' 2-1 win against Derby in the npower Championship on Saturday.

The banner, which read 'Sordell is a c***', related to complaints made by Sordell after he was abused by fans while warming up for a match on October 6, leading to a 13-year-old boy being banned from Millwall's ground.

Target: Bolton's Marvin Sordell

Target: Bolton's Marvin Sordell

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said
six men were arrested on suspicion of public order offences and have
been bailed until early December.

The banner on display was swiftly removed by Millwall staff.

The club has so far refused to
comment on the issue, and assistant manager Joe Gallen – standing in for
Lions manager Kenny Jackett, who missed the game with flu – also opted
not to discuss the matter.

Sordell took to Twitter after the
Millwall match last month to claim that he and team-mates Lee
Chung-yong, Darren Pratley and Benik Afobe were subjected to racist
taunts.

That sparked an investigation led by
both clubs and last week Millwall confirmed the boy in question admitted
to abusing Sordell and subsequently issued a written apology which the
player accepted.

Given his age, Millwall have not
imposed a life ban on the youngster and offered him a place on a
Millwall for All' educational programme 'in the hope that we can change
his outlook on equality, racism and life in general'.

Controversy: A Fan has been banned from ground over Sordell abuse

Controversy: A Fan has been banned from ground over Sordell abuse

Millwall banner: Marvin Sordell cited as police arrest six fans

Millwall caught in fresh storm after six fans arrested over 'Sordell is a c***' banner

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UPDATED:

12:22 GMT, 11 November 2012

Millwall were caught in a fresh storm after a group of fans displayed a banner bearing the words 'Sordell is a c***' in protest at a 13-year-old supporter being banned for a racist Twitter attack on Marvin Sordell.

The banner was quickly removed by ground staff during Saturday's Championship clash with Derby and six people were arrested by police.

Target: Bolton's Marvin Sordell

Target: Bolton's Marvin Sordell

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said the arrests were made over alleged public order offences.

'Six males were arrested during the game at Millwall in relation to a banner being unfurled at the game,' he said.

'They remain in custody at this time.'

The banner was unfurled in the home end on Saturday during Millwall's 2-1 victory over Derby at The Den.

It was an apparent reference to an incident on October 6 when Bolton midfielder Marvin Sordell was verbally abused by a 13-year-old Millwall fan, who has subsequently been banned from attending matches by the club.

The banner on display was swiftly removed by Millwall staff.

The club refused to comment on the issue, and assistant manager Joe Gallen – standing in for Kenny Jackett, who missed the game with flu – also opted not to discuss the matter.

It came a day after Sordell has
contacted the police after allegedly suffering racial abuse on
Twitter.

It appears to be the third time the Bolton
Wanderers star has been subjected to racial taunts this season and follows the
banning of a 13-year-old Millwall fan for verbally abusing him during a match in
October.

Controversy: A Fan has been banned from ground over Sordell abuse

Controversy: A Fan has been banned from ground over Sordell abuse

In the latest attack he was allegedly called a
'jungle ape' by Twitter user Steve Lawrence, who also reportedly criticised Mr
Sordell for 'crying like a sissy' following the abuse he received from the
Millwall fan.

The young Millwall fan had been was banned by
the club after he admitted abusing Mr Sordell during a match against Bolton Wanderers at the New Den
on October 6.

The club offered the boy a place on a
'Millwall for All' educational programme, instead of imposing a full life ban,
'in the hope that we can change his outlook on equality, racism and life in
general'.

Referring to the incident, Mr Lawrence
tweeted 'jungle apes get more pathetic every week. Tattling (sic) on a
13-year-old – you really cannot set the bar any lower.'

In response, Mr Sordell tweeted: 'racism and
homophobia all in one tweet. Well done, does that make you feel important or
big'

In another tweet Mr Lawrence said, 'blacks and
whites: obviously not the same because whites do not cry like sissies and
fairies when they are booed by pre-teens.'

Sordell said he will pass the messages onto police, according to the Daily Star newspaper.

Millwall ban 13-year-old for abusing Marvin Sordell

Millwall vow to educate 13-year-old fan after banning him for abusing Bolton's Sordell

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UPDATED:

14:16 GMT, 7 November 2012

Millwall have banned a 13-year-old fan for 'the foreseeable future' after he admitted verbally abusing Bolton's Marvin Sordell during an npower Championship match last month.

The incident occurred during Millwall's 2-1 win over Wanderers at the New Den on October 6 and led to an investigation involving both clubs and the Football Association.

Millwall confirmed the teenager had admitted abusing Sordell and has subsequently issued a written apology to the player.

Vile: Bolton's Marvin Sordell suffered verbal abuse at Millwall from a 13-year-old

Vile: Bolton's Marvin Sordell suffered verbal abuse at Millwall from a 13-year-old

Fallout: Sordell was then the target of a sick image posted on Facebook

Fallout: Sordell was then the target of a sick image posted on Facebook

Sordell, who represented Great Britain at the London 2012 Olympics, took to Twitter after the match to claim himself and team-mates Lee Chung-young, Darren Pratley and Benik Afobe were subjected to racist taunts.

The club, though, have denied he was subjected to 'systematic abuse by more than one individual' while Sordell was warming up as a substitute.

The club, though, have denied he was subjected to 'systematic abuse by more than one individual' while Sordell was warming up as a substitute.immediately after the match, accusing fans of racial abuse.

Given the boy's age, Millwall have not imposed a life ban on the youngster and offered him a place on a 'Millwall for All' educational program 'in the hope that we can change his outlook on equality, racism and life in general'.

A statement on the Lions' website said: 'Firstly we would like to put on record how grateful we are for the support and co-operation we have received from Bolton Wanderers and the FA in resolving what has been a challenging and topical issue over the past four weeks.

'Having completed our investigations into the incident, we have identified and interviewed a 13-year-old boy who admitted a verbal exchange with Marvin Sordell in which abuse was used.

'The individual has been banned from Millwall matches for the foreseeable future, but as a club we also felt, given the boy's age and background, we had a duty to play our part in attempting to educate and rehabilitate him.

Accordingly, we have offered to put him through one of our education programmes, run by Millwall for All (formerly the Millwall Anti-Racism Trust) in the hope that we can change his outlook on equality, racism and life in general.

'In the meantime, the boy has written a letter to Marvin Sordell offering his apology, which has been accepted.'

Standing up to racism: Sordell was also part of the squad abused in Serbia

Standing up to racism: Sordell was also part of the squad abused in Serbia

The FA added: 'The FA applauds both Millwall FC and Bolton Wanderers FC for their commitment and cooperation in ensuring a full and thorough investigation could take place.

'We would also like to thank Marvin Sordell and The PFA for their assistance throughout this process.

'The FA fully supports Millwall’s approach in terms of dealing with the young individual responsible through a ban from the club's matches for the foreseeable future as well as offering him a place on one of its education programmes, run by Millwall for All.

While Bolton themselves spoke out, adding: 'Marvin Sordell would like to thank the FA, the PFA and Kick it Out for their support, and Millwall for the way in which they dealt with this.

'Bolton Wanderers will continue to work with, and support, the FA, Kick it Out and Show Racism the Red Card in their on-going work against all forms of discrimination in football.'

Marvin Sordell: Millwall supporter sends letter of apology over Facebook "threat"

Millwall supporter sends letter of apology to Sordell over Facebook 'threat'

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UPDATED:

15:58 GMT, 19 October 2012

The Millwall supporter accused of posting a sickening photo on Facebook which appeared to threaten the life of Marvin Sordell has written a grovelling letter of apology.

Sordell recently accused supporters at The Den of racially abusing him and three team-mates during Bolton's visit on October 6.

Soon after a mocked-up picture appeared on the social networking site which depicted a gun being pointed at the Trotters striker and blood splattered across his face and chest.

Disgraceful: This is the image posted on Facebook by the Millwall fan

Disgraceful: This is the image posted on Facebook by the Millwall fan

The picture carried the message: 'dont (sic) f*** with the millwall.'

In the letter the fan apologises for what he thought was a 'bit of fun', but has since realised the grave error of judgment made and offered his sincere apologies to the England Under 21 international and his family.

'I am sorry I have hurt and upset you and your family, I wasn't thinking at the time and it is now the most regretted thing I have ever done,' the teenager states in the letter.

'I did not see it as a death threat or racist abuse, all it meant to me was don't do anything to my club as I'm a loyal supporter.'

Sportsmail understands that Police are now investigating the matter.

Flashpoint: Sordell was in Serbia where England players were subjected to racist chanting

Flashpoint: Sordell was in Serbia where England players were subjected to racist chanting during the Under 21s Euro 2013 play-off

Police to investigate Marvin Sordell picture posted on Facebook

Police to investigate sick Sordell Facebook picture after racism claims against Millwall fans

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UPDATED:

22:18 GMT, 17 October 2012

Police are set to investigate a message on England Under 21 striker Marvin Sordell’s Facebook page.

A photograph of Sordell was uploaded, depicting a gun pointed at the 21-year-old with blood across his face and chest and the message: ‘dont f*** with the millwall.’

Disgusting: This is the mocked-up image of Sordell that was posted on Facebook

Disgusting: This is the mocked-up image of Sordell that was posted on Facebook

Fury: Marvin Sordell (right) was caught up in the trouble in Serbia on Tuesday

Fury: Marvin Sordell (right) was caught up in the trouble in Serbia on Tuesday

The father of the individual accused of posting the image contacted Sportsmail to convey his son’s regret at his actions.

He also revealed his son plans to
write a letter of apology to Sordell, who accused some Millwall fans of
racially abusing him and Bolton team-mates 12 days ago.

Marvin Sordell picture posted on Facebook after racism claims against Millwall fans

Sick Sordell picture posted on Facebook after racism claims against Millwall fans

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UPDATED:

07:09 GMT, 17 October 2012

England Under 21 international Marvin Sordell has been the target of a sickening Facebook post that appears to threaten his life.

Sordell – who was in Serbia with Stuart Pearce's side on Tuesday night when they were subjected to racist abuse from fans during a 1-0 victory – recently accused Millwall supporters of racially abusing him and three team-mates during Bolton's visit to The Den on October 6.

The allegations sparked fury among many Millwall supporters who feel there is no substance to Sordell's claim.

Fury: Marvin Sordell (right) was caught up in the trouble in Serbia on Tuesday

Fury: Marvin Sordell (right) was caught up in the trouble in Serbia on Tuesday

And the furore has sparked a worrying Facebook post that could easily be construed as a death threat on Sordell.

A member of the popular social-networking website under the name of Alex Hampson has uploaded a mocked up photograph of Sordell, depicting a gun being pointed towards the 21-year-old and blood splattered across his face and shirt.

The photograph, which appeared on Sordell's page just after 6pm on October 8, also has the message: 'dont (sic) f*** with the millwall.'

It is understood Sordell, who played for Great Britain during London 2012, is aware of the message.

Incident: Sordell (left) claimed he was racially abused with Bolton at Millwall

Incident: Sordell (left) claimed he was racially abused with Bolton at Millwall

The FA and Metropolitan Police both launched their own respective probes into Sordell's original allegations.

Sordell claimed Bolton team-mates Darren Pratley, Benik Afobe and Lee Chung-yong and himself were the victims of racial abuse at the Den.

The ex-Watford man tweeted on October 6: ‘It’s 2012 in England and people are still shouting racial abuse at a football game! Chungy, Pratts, Benik and I had all sorts of things said to us.

'The police were standing yards away and did nothing. Funniest thing is, if I had come on and scored and gave them some back, I would be the one who got fined.’

Millwall were quick to launch their own internal inquiry into the alleged incident, looking at CCTV and speaking to potential witnesses.

The Lions have vowed to hand lifetime bans to anyone found guilty of racial abuse.

Sick Marvin Sordell picture posted on Facebook after racism claims against Millwall fans

Sick Sordell picture posted on Facebook after racism claims against Millwall fans

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UPDATED:

21:40 GMT, 16 October 2012

England Under 21 international Marvin Sordell has been the target of a sickening Facebook post that appears to threaten his life.

Sordell – who played for Stuart Pearce's side in Serbia last night – recently accused Millwall supporters of racially abusing him and three team-mates during Bolton's visit to The Den on October 6.

The allegations sparked fury among many Millwall supporters who feel there is no substance to Sordell's claim.

Fury: Marvin Sordell (right) was caught up in the trouble in Serbia on Tuesday

Fury: Marvin Sordell (right) was caught up in the trouble in Serbia on Tuesday

And the furore has sparked a worrying Facebook post that could easily be construed as a death threat on Sordell.

A member of the popular social-networking website under the name of Alex Hampson has uploaded a mocked up photograph of Sordell, depicting a gun being pointed towards the 21-year-old and blood splattered across his face and shirt.

The photograph, which appeared on Sordell's page just after 6pm on October 8, also has the message: 'dont (sic) f*** with the millwall.'

It is understood Sordell, who played for Great Britain during London 2012, is aware of the message.

Incident: Sordell (left) claimed he was racially abused with Bolton at Millwall

Incident: Sordell (left) claimed he was racially abused with Bolton at Millwall

The FA and Metropolitan Police both launched their own respective probes into Sordell's original allegations.

Sordell claimed Bolton team-mates Darren Pratley, Benik Afobe and Lee Chung-yong and himself were the victims of racial abuse at the Den.

The ex-Watford man tweeted on October 6: ‘It’s 2012 in England and people are still shouting racial abuse at a football game! Chungy, Pratts, Benik and I had all sorts of things said to us.

'The police were standing yards away and did nothing. Funniest thing is, if I had come on and scored and gave them some back, I would be the one who got fined.’

Millwall were quick to launch their own internal inquiry into the alleged incident, looking at CCTV and speaking to potential witnesses.

The Lions have vowed to hand lifetime bans to anyone found guilty of racial abuse.

Marvin Sordell race claims still not been reported to police

Bolton's Sordell yet to make formal complaint to police over Millwall race claim

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UPDATED:

21:55 GMT, 8 October 2012

Police are still waiting for Marvin Sordell to make a formal complaint after the striker claimed Bolton players were racially abused by Millwall fans on Saturday.

The forward claimed on Twitter that he was taunted by fans at the London club's ground as he warmed up as a substitute.

He also alleged that three other Bolton players were abused during the npower Championship fixture.

Claim: Marvin Sordell says some Bolton players received racist abuse at Millwall

Claim: Marvin Sordell says some Bolton players received racist abuse at Millwall

Scotland Yard have 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.'

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.'

In another entry, he claimed Lee Chung-yong, Darren Pratley and Benik Afobe also suffered abuse.

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

Both Millwall and Bolton are investigating the claims.

Millwall's
statement said: 'The two clubs remain determined to do everything in
their power to ensure that racist behaviour will not be tolerated.

Him too: Sordell also said team-mate Benik Afobe had been targeted too

Him too: Sordell also said team-mate Benik Afobe had been targeted too

'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.'

Bolton said it was working with
Millwall in the inquiry, and added: 'Both clubs remain determined that
racist behaviour or language will not be tolerated.'

Millwall defender Danny Shittu says
he did not hear any racial abuse towards Bolton's players during
Saturday's match at The Den.

Shittu told Sky Sports News on
Monday: 'On the day we didn't really hear anything. I think there was so
much going on that day, but me personally I didn't really hear
anything.

'It's something that I didn't really find out about until I got home and saw it on the news.

'It something that is very, very sad to see. I know that Millwall have been doing a lot to combat these kind of things.

'And not just Millwall, I know a lot of clubs work on that. We're very disappointed to hear something like that going on.'

Sordell also said Lee Chung-Yong (left) was subjected to abuse at The Den

Sordell also said Lee Chung-Yong (left) was subjected to abuse at The Den

Shittu, currently in his second spell with Millwall, has also played against the Lions at The Den.

And the 32-year-old insists he has never been on the receiving end of racist taunts as an opposition player.

'When I did play against them, anybody will tell you that anybody who comes back to Millwall, it's a hard ground to play at,' added Shittu.

'The fans really do get on your back, but personally I didn't really experience any racism from them.

'It is a hard place to come and play and you do get a lot of abuse, like you do at any club you go to.

'I didn't personally get any racist taunts or anything like that.'

Millwall to report alleged racism against Marvin Sordell

Millwall to report alleged racism to police after Sordell claim

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UPDATED:

10:27 GMT, 8 October 2012

Millwall have pledged to call in police to investigate claims that four Bolton players were subjected to racist abuse.

Bolton forward Marvin Sordell claimed on Twitter that he was taunted by fans at the London club's ground on Saturday as he warmed up as a substitute.

He also alleged that three other Bolton players were abused during the npower Championship fixture.

Claim: Marvin Sordell says he and other Bolton players received racist abuse at Millwall

Claim: Marvin Sordell says he and other Bolton players received racist abuse at Millwall

Scotland Yard have 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.'

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.'

In another entry, he claimed Lee Chung-yong, Darren Pratley and Benik Afobe also suffered abuse.

Him too: Sordell also said team-mate Benik Afobe (pictured) had been targeted too

Him too: Sordell also said team-mate Benik Afobe (pictured) had been targeted too

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

Both Millwall and Bolton are investigating the claims.

Millwall's statement said: 'The two clubs remain determined to do everything in their power to ensure that racist behaviour will not be tolerated.

Sordell also said Lee Chung-Yong (left) was subjected to abuse at The Den

Sordell also said Lee Chung-Yong (left) was subjected to abuse at The Den

'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.'

Bolton said it was working with
Millwall in the inquiry, and added: 'Both clubs remain determined that
racist behaviour or language will not be tolerated.'