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UEFA charges Chelsea for anti-Semitic chants by fans

2019-01-15 13:46

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 club's supporters.

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 communities.

"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 club."

 

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