Saturday 23 September 2017

Man famous for shouting 'f*** you I'm Millwall' at terrorists apologises after tirade of racist abuse towards protestors caught on camera

The man, famous for shouting 'f*** you I'm Millwall' at terrorists, said protestors were taunting him

Andrew Griffin

Roy Larner, the Millwall fan who became famous after the London Bridge attack, has said sorry for any offence caused by his racist rant and claimed it "wasn't intentional".

Mr Larner was branded the "Lion of London Bridge" after his heroics during the attack, which saw him stabbed eight times and fighting for his life. His fame – for having shouted "f*** you I'm Millwall" at oncoming attackers – brought him praise from various celebrities, £50,000 in donations and a beer named in his honour.

But criticism has since turned on him since video emerged of him shouting a tirade of racist abuse at anti-racist protestors, and apparently spitting in the face of a black photographer, just weeks before the attack.

Now Mr Larner has apologised for any offence caused by the abuse and said it was the result of a fallout between him and the protestors.

"I have seen the video clip and I’m sorry to have caused any offence, it wasn’t intentional and something that took place months ago," he told The Sun.

"I was out walking my dogs and got caught up in a march. The dogs got agitated as the marchers were coming over to them, things got heated and personal, a slanging match started and got abusive, bad language was used and they were taunting me."

He said that "I couldn’t just walk away without saying anything."

In the video, Mr Larner is shown pointing at himself and shouting National Front, as well as shouting a variety of swear words at protestors and a man who attempts to take photographs of him.

His mother, who is originally fro Co Sligo, has said that the protesters had said something about the dogs he was walking and that he was standing up to them in response.

"They said something to Roy about the dogs, when he was taking them for a walk,” she said. "These blokes, about four or five of them said something to Roy and he turned round and you know, he'll stand up to anyone.

"I don't know what they said to him, I was in a hurry and we were not really talking at the time.

"He was taking the dogs for a walk and was on his way back to his girlfriend's, he gave them a mouthful.

"He is certainly quite a character, he can be a bit of a handful."

She added that during London Bridge attack Roy would have died if the police had not arrived. Phyllis added: "Roy is doing alright, I never realised how bad he was stabbed I cannot believe how he got out of it alive.

"If the police had not got there in time I do not think he would have survived.

"I cannot believe how he survived that."

The video was shot in February in the Elephant and Castle area of London, apparently during a student protest. It was posted months before Mr Larner was hailed as a hero for his actions in the Black & Blue bar at London Bridge, but has emerged in the wake of the huge number of donations that have been raised for him.

The video has been posted online under the caption “hero?”

Mr Larner, who friends have said was homeless at the time of the attack, was taken to St Thomas’s Hospital after fending off the attackers.

Independent News Service

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