Sunday 24 September 2017

'The language is not acceptable' - Chelsea urge supporters to stop singing Morata song with Jewish slur

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Alvaro Morata of Chelsea celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Chelsea at The King Power Stadium on September 9, 2017 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Alvaro Morata of Chelsea celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Chelsea at The King Power Stadium on September 9, 2017 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Chelsea have urged their supporters to refrain from singing a song they dreamed up as a tribute to new striker Alvaro Morata, after the Spaniard scored his third goal of the season in Saturday’s 2-1 win at Leicester.

Morata has stepped into the void left by exiled striker Diego Costa following his summer arrival from Real Madrid, with his latest headed goal paving the way for a valuable away win against the 2016 Premier League champions.

Yet Chelsea officials have stepped in to encourage the clubs fans to stop singing a song that has anti-Semitic references, in what appears to be a somewhat vulgar dig at their local rivals Tottenham.

Spurs fans often chant a word to ‘celebrate’ their Jewish links, but it is viewed as offensive by many in that community and Chelsea issued this statement on Saturday night in a bid to stop their supporters singing the Morata song.

“The club and the players appreciate the fans passionate support, but the language in that song is not acceptable at all,” said a Chelsea official.

“I’ve spoken to Alvaro about and he does not want to be connected with that particular song in any way and both the player and club request the supporters to stop singing it with immediate effect.”

The words used in the song have been circulated on social media and it remains to be seen whether Chelsea fans will follow the advice of the club when they take on Qarabag at Stamford Bridge in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

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