Chelsea could be set face a partial stadium ban on the back of an investigation following back to back incidents with racist chants against Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling and then anti-semitic worded chants in the match against Vidi.
Sterling was subjected to racist chants from a section of the crowd at Stamford Bridge during the premier league clash between the Blues and the Citizens. The culprit was apprehended and has since then lost his season ticket and has also been removed from his day job.
Last night, another section of Chelsea fans were reportedly singing a chant with anti-semitic words. UEFA are now waiting for formal reports from match officials before pressing the club with charges.
Article 14 of UEFA’s Disciplinary Regulations states that if supporters engage in behaviour which “insults the human dignity of a person or group of persons on whatever grounds, including skin colour, race, religion or ethnic origin”, then the club responsible is punished with a minimum of a partial stadium closure.
JLC chief executive Simon Johnson said: “We utterly condemn this second incident of racism by Chelsea fans in a week.
“The latest anti-Semitic incident is thoroughly depressing, especially in light of the dedicated work that Chelsea FC has done to address the problem.
“We completely endorse the club’s strong statement and would support them in any robust action which they now take against the perpetrators.”
It seems that Blues are now to be at the center of some unwanted press coverage and might be slapped with a stadium ban should UEFA see fit. Hopefully, it will serve as a reminder for every fan of football to treat the game with humanity and mutual respect.
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