Tuchel: I’m on the side of Reece James

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Chelsea defender Reece James was one of several players to receive racist abuse on social media recently.

The young fullback posted a screenshot of racist messages he had received via Instagram on Friday, with the caption “something needs to change”. Manchester United players Axel Tuanzebe and Anthony Martial are also two players who have been racially abused recently.

The Premier League have since kicked against the incident, with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich vowing to release more funds to fight racism.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has sent his backing to the 21-year-old and has insisted that he’s on his side.

Tuchel said: “The team spoke about it, and the club spoke with the team about it. I would say I have a close relationship with Reece and he got a lot of support, and he has for sure all my support.

“We didn’t speak about this case, but you can be totally assured I am 1000 per cent on his side and at his side. I had the feeling it was a good distraction for him to be out on the pitch and to talk about football.”

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