Chelsea supporter Jay Bailey has opened up on how he was racially abused by fellow Chelsea fans during away game against Slavia Prague on Thursday.
The 20-year-old was with the travelling supporters who made the trip to Prague to see Chelsea play in the Europa League quarter-finals.
Speaking during an interview with Sky News, the 20-year-old said: “It makes me feel: ‘Wow, if I can’t be safe surrounded by our own fans, where am I safe?’
“These people shouldn’t be going to games.
“Who else could this be happening to if I don’t say anything?
“It was a situation where there were no other black Chelsea fans around me, so it was definitely aimed at me.”
Speaking to Radio 5 Live’s Stephen Nolan, Bailey added: “It was a situation where there were no other black Chelsea fans around me, so it was definitely at me. The racial slurs were mixed in with the fact that they were referring to my head – that my hairstyle looked like I have a pineapple on my head, and then the racial slurs followed.
“The first time I heard it I just thought ‘he didn’t say that. He must’ve just said something else that sounded like what I think I heard’.
“It was then repeated for a second time. And this was when I realised he is racially abusing me, and he’s not just done it once, he’s done it twice. So it’s not like a case of it being a slip of the tongue. This was a full unprovoked attack towards me, of the verbal kind. Luckily it wasn’t physical.”
Anti-discrimination body Kick it Out said it was in touch with Chelsea about the complaint.
Speaking on social media, Bailey added: “It makes me feel ‘wow, if I can’t be safe surrounded by our own fans, where am I safe?”
“These people shouldn’t be going to games. Who else could this be happening to if I don’t say anything?”
Chelsea are now investigating his claims and have told Bailey they are taking his complaints seriously.
This incident comes after some Chelsea supporters chanted a racial slur against Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah, who used to be a Chelsea player.
Chelsea quickly described the behaviour of the men as ‘abhorrent’ and called those involved ‘an embarrassment’. Three of the six men in the video were identified and refused entry to the stadium for the game against Slavia Prague.
It’s a shame a certain minority in our beloved club are embarrassing the club with their shameful behaviour. Real Chelsea fans aren’t racist. White or black, BLUE is the colour.