Sordell Facebook abuse boy says sorry
THE 14-year-old boy who posted a mock-up picture of Bolton Wanderers striker Marvin Sordell with a gun pointed at his head on Facebook has written a letter of a apology to the striker.
The fake photograph, which also shows Sordell with blood on his face and shirt, was posted on the striker’s page on the social networking website.
It also carried a threatening message.
The apology comes as former Wanderers star, Nathan Blake, called for football’s bosses to take a hard stance on racism in the game.
And the teenage Millwall fan has now sent Sordell a letter apologising for his actions.
His parents say they are shocked by what their son had done.
His father told The Bolton News: “He is really sorry about what he has done. He has written Marvin Sordell an apology.
“He was with his school friends and they got upset that Millwall had been given a bad press and he has just made it worse.
“It was all a big prank and he just thought it was a joke.”
He added: “We told him what he had done had made the whole situation a lot worse.
“He is remorseful. He didn’t realise the consequences of it but he is realising them now.
“He is normally as quiet as mouse. He isn’t a hooligan. He only goes to Millwall when I take him.
“We are shocked he has done this.”
It is understood Sordell’s mother has made a complaint about the picture.
The picture was brought to Wanderers’ attention on Tuesday, and it is understood the club contacted Facebook and asked for it to be removed.
The page was put up after Millwall beat Bolton 2-1 at The Den.
After the game Sordell claimed on the social networking website, Twitter, that he and three team mates had been subjected to racist chanting.
He said: “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.”
The Football Association and police have already launched an investigation into Sordell's original allegations.
This week Millwall Chairman John Berylson hit out at suggestions the club is inherently racist Bolton Wanderers FC said it was unable to comment because of the on-going investigation.