LIVERPOOL FC HIT OUT AT ‘BIGOTED’ CHELSEA FANS

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A group of Chelsea fans tried to mar the Europa League clash with Slavia Prague on Thursday night with some Islamophobic chants, which has again dented the club’s image following recent racist slurs that some chelsea fans have been involved in.

Before the game against Slavia Prague on Thursday, a video circulated on social media of a group of Chelsea supporters singing an Islamophobic song which included the phrase ‘Salah is a bomber’. Three of the six alleged Chelsea fans who were accused of singing were stopped from entering the Eden Stadium in Prague.

Kick It Out released a statement about the video, before Chelsea confirmed they had identified the supporters in the video.

“It’s not on the terraces but it is still a disgrace,” the Kick It Out organisation said.

“We do not want fans like that anywhere near our game.

“We will be liaising with Chelsea Football Club to ensure those involved are identified and punished swiftly and effectively.”

This also has put a dent to Sunday’s game, as Chelsea travel to face Liverpool away at Anfield.

A statement from Chelsea FC has condemned the actions of the fans: “Chelsea FC finds all forms of discriminatory behaviour abhorrent and where there is clear evidence of Chelsea season ticket holders or members involved in such behaviour, we will take the strongest possible action against them.

“Such individuals are an embarrassment to the vast majority of Chelsea supporters who won’t tolerate them in their club.”

Liverpool FC have also slammed the actions of the Chelsea fans, and released a statement thus: “The video circulating online, showing vile discriminatory chants being aimed at one of our players, is dangerous and disturbing.

“Already this season, we have seen repulsive discriminatory abuse inside stadiums in England, Europe and across the world; abuse that was captured on devices and put into the public domain. We have also witnessed numerous hateful attacks on social media.

“This behaviour needs to be called out for what it is – unadulterated bigotry.

“Liverpool Football Club believes it is the responsibility of those in positions of authority, following proper process, to act urgently to identify and then punish anyone committing a hate crime.

“There is no place for this behaviour in football, there is no place for it in society. A crime of this nature has more victims than any individual it is aimed at and, as such, collective and decisive action is needed to address it. ‘As pertains to this latest incident, the club is working with Merseyside Police to ascertain the facts around this footage with the aim of identifying individuals featuring in it.

“In addition, we are working directly with Chelsea Football Club on the matter. We thank them for their condemnation and a commitment to act urgently to identify any individuals responsible.”

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