Chelsea have condemned a “small minority” of their own supporters after they failed to observe the silence in respect to the 23rd anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster prior to their FA Cup semi-final with Tottenham.
A Chelsea club statement read:
Chelsea Football Club is extremely disappointed that a very small minority of fans embarrassed the club today by not honouring the moment’s silence before kick-off.
Chelsea FC believes all moments of respect should be honoured and today we pay our full respects to all those that suffered as a result of the Hillsborough disaster 23 years ago.
Chelsea went on to win the match, 5-1, in controversial circumstances after referee Martin Atkinson awarded them a goal at 1-0 despite the ball having not crossed the line.
The result means Liverpool will face the Blues in the FA Cup Final on May 5th at Wembley, 5:15pm kick off.
Chelsea have had to apologise for their fans behavour before, following “offensive chanting against Genk” and racist chanting on a train from Norwich. Their club captain is currently awaiting trial for racist abuse.