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Blues bid to identify fans involved in Anton chants

CHELSEA have begun the tricky process of trying to identify those fans responsible for taunting Anton Ferdinand during their Champions League game at Genk.

The Blues issued a statement in which they vowed to do everything possible to prevent a repeat of the chanting which marred their 1-1 Group E draw at the Cristal Arena.

Singling out individuals from a travelling support of 1,100 could prove difficult, especially as it is understood there is no supporting CCTV footage. The club instead would be relying largely on television pictures in the hope of unearthing the ringleaders of what they branded "a vocal minority", who were clearly heard chanting, "Anton Ferdinand, you know what you are".

The song appeared to represent a show of support for Chelsea captain John Terry, who is under police investigation over allegations he racially abused QPR defender Ferdinand during last month's west London derby, something he denies.

A Chelsea spokesman said: "The chanting on Tuesday night by a vocal minority was wholly inappropriate and Chelsea Football Club does not condone such behaviour.

"We will be working with the appropriate authorities to seek out those responsible. Chelsea FC believes -- as we are sure do the vast majority of our fans -- that all forms of discrimination are abhorrent and have no place in our society.

"As a club, we work hard on educating our fans on these issues and will continue to do so.

"Tuesday night's offensive chants were from a minority and, as such, they do not represent what supporting Chelsea Football Club is all about."

Meanwhile, goalkeeper Petr Cech is confident Saturday's Premier League trip to Blackburn will be the turning point in Chelsea's stuttering season.

Cech said: "Blackburn could be a real turning point for us because it is a difficult place to go all the time.

"We can't afford to drop many points in the Premier League."


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