There have been claims that Manchester City star Raheem Sterling was 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.
Four Chelsea fans have been suspended from Stamford Bridge, and the club are assisting police in their investigation of the incident, with one supporter appearing to call Sterling a ‘f***ing black c***’ in the first half of the match.
Hazard, who set up both of Chelsea’s goals, has slammed the abuse Sterling received and says the supporter in question was not a ‘proper’ fan of the club.
“The only thing I can say is I support the player. Sterling is a fantastic player,” Hazard told Sky Sports News.
“There is an investigation, so we don’t know what will happen. Proper Chelsea fans just sing for Chelsea and enjoy the game.
“I am fully supportive of Raheem and this sort of racism cannot be in the stadium anymore.”
Chelsea have released a statement that’s against the actions of the fans and the club are willing to fully investigate the matter.
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.”