Cape Town - European football's governing body, UEFA, has opened an
investigation into the alleged racist chanting in the Europa League clash
between Chelsea and MOL Vidi in December.
The clash at the home of MOL Vidi in Hungary on 13 December
is the subject of the disciplinary proceedings, with a section of the travelling
Chelsea support alleged to have sung anti-Semitic songs during the match.
The governing body has decided on this course of action
after receiving "the report submitted by the UEFA Ethics and Disciplinary
Inspector commissioned to conduct an investigation".
And, according to UEFA, a charge of "racist
behaviour" will be judged by their control, ethics and disciplinary body
on February 28.
In the wake of the original incident, Chelsea made it
crystal clear they would not tolerate any form racial discrimination from the
A statement released by the club read: "Antisemitism
and any other kind of race-related or religious hatred is abhorrent to this
club and the overwhelming majority of our fans.
"It has no place at Chelsea or in any of our
"We have stated this loud and clear on many occasions
from the owner, the board, coaches and players.
"Any individuals that can't summon the brainpower to
comprehend this simple message and are found to have shamed the club by using anti-Semitic
or racist words or actions will face the strongest possible action from the