Chelsea have suspended four fans from attending matches pending further investigations into an incident in which Manchester City midfielder Raheem Sterling was allegedly racially abused during Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Manchester City on Saturday at Stamford Bridge.
Images show Sterling on the receiving end of a torrent of abuse from a group of Chelsea fans in the Matthew Harding End as he went to collect the ball.
A statement from Chelsea said: “Chelsea Football Club has suspended four people from attending Chelsea matches pending further investigations into allegations regarding the behaviour of supporters towards Raheem Sterling during our match against Manchester City on Saturday.
“Our investigations into this matter are ongoing. We are fully supporting the police investigation and any information we gather will be passed on to them.
“Chelsea Football Club finds all forms of discriminatory behaviour abhorrent and if there is evidence of ticket holders taking part in any racist behaviour, the club will issue severe sanctions, including bans. We will also fully support any criminal prosecutions.”
Manchester City have commended Chelsea for suspending the fans that allegedly abused Sterling during the game at Stamford Bridge.
“Manchester City welcomes Chelsea’s decision to issue suspensions to the individuals who verbally abused Raheem Sterling during the match at Stamford Bridge on Saturday,” a statement read.
“The club and Raheem are fully engaged with Chelsea and the investigating authorities as they continue to examine the events in question. Manchester City and Raheem are committed to working with all relevant parties and organisations to support the objective of eradicating racism from the game.”
The actions of the fans involved in abusing Sterling racially on Saturday is shameful and it’s good to know Chelsea have acted quickly to suspend them.