Millwall lecturer pays penalty

14th October 2005 at 01:00
If you think the world looks on further education as a poor relation of universities, spare a thought for John White, a construction lecturer at Lewisham college in south-east London.

Not only does he work in what some refer to as the "Cinderella sector" - not a view shared by its students, by the way - but he also carries the burden of being a fan of Millwall football club.

Millwall's chant is "nobody likes us but we don't care".

So what does the college think of Mr White?

He is about to find out as he gets ready for an uncomfortable meeting with the college's publicity-conscious principal, Ruth Silver, about his exploits as a supporter of the beautiful game.

Mr White, 40, of Bermondsey, has been made the subject of a 120-hour community service order by Blackfriars Crown Court after being convicted of the public order offence of "using threatening words or behaviour".

He was caught on CCTV during a fight between Millwall and West Ham gangs.

George Hepburne Scott, prosecuting, told the court that the lecturer had a history of football-related violence, including one incident in 1994 when he was fined pound;500 for shouting abuse at an opposition fan and trying to punch him.

A spokesperson for the college said: "Mr White is an exemplary tutor with an excellent record of teaching. Mr White will be meeting with the principal of the college early next week to discuss the situation."

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