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Millwall fan banned from attending football matches for 5 years for racially abusing player

An English soccer fan who racially abused former Senegal striker El Hadji Diouf during a game has been banned from attending soccer matches for five years.

Gerrard Scanlon, a 53-year-old delivery driver from north London, had already been banned for life by Millwall from all matches at The Den, the club's stadium. Television footage showed Diouf, who plays for Leeds, being subjected to racist chants and taunts throughout the second-tier League Championship game on Nov. 18.

Scanlon admitted hurling racial abuse when he appeared before Bromley Magistrates' Court on Wednesday. He was also ordered to pay $800 in fines and costs.