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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.'

Mario Balotelli could rejoin Inter Milan in summer

We're still Inter Mario! Balotelli could be offered Milan escape route in summer

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UPDATED:

14:24 GMT, 5 April 2012

Inter Milan could swoop to end Mario Balotelli's tumultuous spell at Manchester City, but are not prepared to announce any move until the summer.

The Italy striker, 21, has been dogged by a number of high-profile controversies since his move to the Barclays Premier League last summer.

Most recently following revelations that he had a fling with a prostitute linked to Wayne Rooney which came just days after he argued with team-mates during the match with Sunderland.

Italian job: Balotelli could be heading out of City

Italian job: Balotelli could be heading out of City

Balotelli has clashed with manager Roberto Mancini recently and admitted that his knowledge of the story had been a heavy burden.

But he could be offered a route out of the Etihad Stadium in the summer and back to the club who released him for 26million in August last year.

The Serie A club will not give it thought until the summer at the earliest, as their sporting director, Marco Branca, insisted at a press conference to unveil new signing Fredy Guarin.

Flashpoint: Balotelli clashed with Kolarov during the draw with Sunderland

Flashpoint: Balotelli clashed with Kolarov during the draw with Sunderland

Asked about Balotelli, Branca said: 'I don't want to be rude and I will respond briefly.

'Balotelli is not a topical interest issue. Today, we talk about Guarin and about the pleasure to have him among us.

'As for Mario, there will be time to speak about in one or two months.'

Sergio Aguero set to return to Manchester City for Arsenal game

Aguero set to return for Arsenal game and reveals the truth behind his 'stupid' injury

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UPDATED:

18:23 GMT, 4 April 2012

Manchester City star Sergio Aguero has revealed the real cause of his injury and says he hopes to return to action on Sunday for the Arsenal game.

The Argentinian star missed City's game with Sunderland at the weekend with a severely blistered foot, an injury that manager Roberto Mancini described as ‘stupid’.

And while many rumours circulated – including one that the 25- goal striker had been hurt while fooling around with his three-year-old son's mini-motorbike – the City forward has moved to set the record straight.

Back in training: Sergio Aguero is put through his paces at at Carrington on Wednesday

Back in training: Sergio Aguero is put through his paces at at Carrington on Wednesday

Manchester City are five points behind rivals Manchester United in the race for the Premier League and the news of Aguero’s potential return for the game at the Emirates will come as a boost to Mancini.

Speaking for the first time since the injury, Aguero said on his official website: ‘This is the real status of my injury. I got back from practice today (Wednesday) and its not bothering me. If it all goes well, I’ll be at coachs disposal next Sunday.

‘I wasn't able to speak earlier – many unfunded rumours were published, and there were simply too many to deny.

Pain game: Aguero suffers his injury against Chelsea last month

Pain game: Aguero suffers his injury against Chelsea last month

‘This is the one and only true story: during the match against Chelsea, I injured my ankle and it was sprayed with a topical anaesthetic that caused a burn on the upper part of my right foot.

‘The injury worsened after a few days and when boils appeared I was told I wouldnt play against Stoke and then against Sunderland.

‘You can imagine how I felt, being out of playing condition when my team is trying to take the championship!

Bad spray: Aguero is treated for his injury - which made the situation worse

Bad spray: Aguero is treated for his injury – which made the situation worse

‘Its always worse from the bench. This is a simple injury and not a plot of intrigue. Ive just laid out all of the facts. Its hard to believe it happened while we are fighting for the title.

‘But it is what it is and its no time for moping. I just want to recover as soon as possible to go back to giving the team my best every game.

‘I've said it before and Ill say it again – we are going to fight 'til the end. Thats our collective goal and I'm fully committed to it.'