CHELSEA RELEASE STATEMENT ON FAN BEHAVIOUR

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Ahead of our Champions League clash with Qarabag at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night, Chelsea have released a statement on fan behaviour after a small section of Chelsea fans sang an anti-Semitic song.

Below is the statement by Chelsea Football Club:

“We return to the Champions League tonight anticipating an excellent atmosphere under the floodlights at Stamford Bridge, with the eyes of the world upon us.

“We ask, as always, that support for the team remains positive and respectful.

“At our game against Leicester City on Saturday, a section of Chelsea supporters sang a song containing the word ‘Yid’. This language is anti-Semitic and has no place within football or society. It is an offensive and inappropriate term, insulting to Jewish supporters (both those of other clubs and our own), their friends, family and people in the wider Jewish community.

“Chelsea Football Club is clear and consistent in our condemnation of all forms of discrimination, including such anti-Semitic behaviour and language. We are proud to be a diverse, inclusive club where people from all cultures, communities and identities feel welcome.

“We will be working with the police to identify those responsible, and if there is evidence that season ticket holders or members took part in that chanting, or partake in any future discriminatory behaviour, we will take the strongest possible action, which includes bans.

“We ask fans to help us support equality at Stamford Bridge. If you witness any form of racist, homophobic, discriminatory or abusive chanting you can report it during the match by texting 07894 937793 with the stand, row, seat number and description of the offender and the incident. You can also use the official Kick It Out app, which is free to download.”

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