Just fresh off the alleged racism chants targeted at Manchester City star Raheem Sterling in the heated clash last weekend, Chelsea fans have now been involved in another racism row.
Some Chelsea fans were heard singing an anti-Semitic song during the Europa League clash away to Vidi on Thursday night, which has prompted strong reactions from the football community.
Chelsea were furious about the incident, and have issued a strongly-worded statement about the ‘brainless minority’ involved.
UEFA are awaiting the report from match referee Aleksandar Stavrev before deciding whether to take action. However, Cesc Fabregas who captained Chelsea on the night has insisted that this isn’t just a Chelsea problem but a football problem as well.
“It’s easy to point now at the Chelsea supporters that did that,” he said.
“But unfortunately this happens in many places.
“It’s true it happened this weekend, we cannot deny that, but to point the finger at one football club because of that I think it’s really unfair.
“There’s an investigation, the club is dealing with this very, very well. Whatever needs to be done will be done. I’ve no doubt about that.
“I don’t know who is responsible for these things but, once again, I cannot accept or I cannot agree with this. This happens to all football clubs.
“There’s always insults; I’ve had so many of them over the years when you warm up and even jokes. That’s fine for me. When we cross the line with racism, it’s too far, it shouldn’t be allowed.
“The people that did it got caught, they will be punished for it and they will be taught a big lesson in their lives. I hope this will help for many other reasons in life.
“I don’t want that image anywhere. I repeat: I think it’s really unfair to point the finger at one football club, just because of one, two, three, four people.
“They don’t deserve to be in the stadium. We all agree about that. If that means or this helps in this situation for this not to happen somewhere else, all over the world, not only in football, any kind of sport or social life.”