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Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich sent personalised letters to every Chelsea player on Monday morning.
In the letter, a clearly angered Abramovich told the players that he is ‘appalled’ at the abuse suffered by Chelsea right-back Reece James and is pledging to provide additional funding for the club’s anti-racism efforts.
It’s the first time Abramovich is writing directly to the Chelsea players.
“I am appalled by the racist abuse targeted at Reece on social media,” Abramovich writes. “Racism has no place in our club nor in our society. Our club is committed to fighting racism, antisemitism and all forms of discrimination.”
He adds: “It shocks me that only days after we commemorated Holocaust Memorial Day, we as a society do not seem to have learned the lessons of our shared past and the consequences that hate and discrimination can have.
“We cannot allow this to continue unchecked. I have therefore directed the board to further increase the club’s efforts in this area and I will personally direct more funds towards this important work.
“We will be setting out our actions as a club in the coming days.” Abramovich then concludes by saying he wants Chelsea to “do more to challenge discrimination at our club, in our communities and in the world around us.”
“Rest assured,” he adds, “we will play a leading role in this vital work and demonstrate that football is a sport that is open to all.”