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Millwall Football Club season ticket holder Gerard Scanlon, of Enfield, accused of racially abusing Leeds United striker El-Hadji Diouf banned from matches
El-Hadji Diouf pictured blowing a kiss during the Millwall vs Leeds United match on November 18. Pictures courtesy of Action Images
A Millwall season ticket holder accused of racially abusing a Leeds striker has been banned from attending matches.
Gerard Scanlon, 53, from Enfield, was arrested after a Sky Sports News report aired on Monday appeared to show Senegalese El-Hadji Diouf being racially abused during the Millwall FC vs Leeds United match on November 18 last year.
Delivery driver Mr Scanlon was arrested the following evening and charged with a racially aggravated public order offence.
He was bailed and is due to appear at Bromley Magistrates Court at 10am on Wednesday, February 27.
Millwall Football Club originally insisted that Mr Scanlon was not a season ticket holder as his name had been spelt incorrectly in original reports.
However, the club said yesterday that the error has been “corrected” and has since banned Mr Scanlon from all matches while police investigate.
A club statement released on Monday said: "Everyone at Millwall Football Club is deeply shocked and appalled by the footage shown on Sky Sports News special report on Monday evening.
“As a club Millwall has been at the forefront of the battle to eradicate racism from football, being the first in the country to introduce an anti-racism trust, and in spite of the incidents shown in this programme, tremendous strides have been made."