Cape Town - Chelsea will not face any punishment over
alleged anti-Semitic chanting in a recent Europa League tie, UEFA has
The Blues were charged by the European governing body for
alleged racist behaviour of supporters during a Europa League match against
Hungarian side Vidi in December.
At the time the club issued a strong statement condemning
offensive chanting, but UEFA has 'decided to close the disciplinary proceedings
against Chelsea FC’ following a meeting of its control, ethics and disciplinary
The chanting was alleged to have taken place during
Chelsea's 2-2 group draw with Vidi at the Groupama Arena in Budapest on
"Anti-Semitism and any kind of racial or religious
hatred is abhorrent to this club and the overwhelming majority of our
fans," a club spokesman said after the chanting was first reported.
"It has no place at Chelsea or in any of our
"Any individuals that can’t summon the brainpower to
comprehend this simple message and are found to have shamed the club by used
using anti-Semitic or racist words or actions will face the strongest possible
action from the club."
The matter, however, will no longer be pursued by UEFA.
Manchester United, meanwhile, have been fined £13,700
relating to crowd problems at their Champions League last-16 first leg clash
against Paris St Germain earlier this month.
Charges against United concerned the throwing of objects and
blocking of stairways at Old Trafford.