Friday 23 August 2019

Kick It Out condemns video believed to show Chelsea fans’ racist Salah chant

Three Blues fans were turned away from the Europa League clash away to Slavia Prague.

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah
Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah

By Max McLean, Press Association

Three fans were turned away from Chelsea’s Europa League clash away to Slavia Prague after the Premier League club identified them in a video appearing to sing a racist song.

The video, which has been widely shared on social media, showed a group singing “Salah is a bomber” apparently in reference to Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah.

Equality and inclusion organisation Kick It Out condemned the video as a “disgrace” and the Press Association understands three fans were turned away from the Europa League quarter-final in the Czech Republic tonight after they were identified as members of the group in question.

Chelsea said in a statement on their website: “Chelsea FC finds all forms of discriminatory behaviour abhorrent and where there is clear evidence of Chelsea season ticket holders or members involved in such behaviour, we will take the strongest possible action against them.

“Such individuals are an embarrassment to the vast majority of Chelsea supporters who won’t tolerate them in their club.”

Liverpool also released a statement on their website, which read: “The video circulating online, showing vile discriminatory chants being aimed at one of our players, is dangerous and disturbing.

“Already this season, we have seen repulsive discriminatory abuse inside stadiums in England, Europe and across the world; abuse that was captured on devices and put into the public domain. We have also witnessed numerous hateful attacks on social media.

“This behaviour needs to be called out for what it is – unadulterated bigotry.”

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