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Marvin Sordell has decided to call time on his playing career in football at the age of 28 with Burton Albion today agreeing to terminate his contract with immediate effect.

1415 burnley marvin sordell 00 300x300In a lengthy social media message, Sordell explained the reasons for his decision and said: “The 6-year-old me would never have dreamed of what the 28-year-old me has achieved in this game.

“I managed to experience some of the greatest highs on offer: playing for England, for Team GB in the Olympics, and in the biggest league in the word, in the form of the Premier League. I fell in love with football’s oldest cup competition, and played in some historic stadiums in the game. In over 300 matches, for nine clubs and three national teams I played for, I scored goals that I dreamed about as a young boy in the park.

“I’ll be honest though, the ugly side of the game that many of us are exposed to, has had a hugely detrimental effect on my mental health. I witnessed, and was on the receiving end of racism on several occasions, and have seen an incredible amount of bullying, manipulation and verbal abuse, to an extent which for many leaves a dirty stain on this industry. The combination of these aspects allow me to move on from being a professional football player, knowing that I will be a happier man, and also able to love the game again, in a way I haven’t for many years.

“You shaped me into the person I am today, so thank you for the mesmerising highs, and too the debilitating lows, because without them I wouldn’t have been able to truly appreciate how magical some moments have been. It’s been an absolute pleasure to be able to live my first dream. Now on to living some more.”

Speaking to Burton’s official site, he added: “I have always been eager to help people who have had similar problems in their lives and going forward I’d like to be able to make a difference in football when it comes to mental wellbeing.”

Burton boss Nigel Clough said: “We want to thank Marvin for the contribution he has made during his time at Burton Albion. We totally understand his decision, and he leaves with the very best wishes of everyone at the club.

“We are sure Marvin has a massive amount to contribute in helping people with their mental wellbeing and we look forward to seeing all that he achieves in the future.

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