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, thanking Chelsea for their urgent action on the matter and confirming that they are working with Merseyside Police “to ascertain the facts around this footage with the aim of identifying individuals featuring in it.”
“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.”
Four Chelsea supporters were suspended by the club for abusing Raheem Sterling during Manchester City’s 2-0 Premier League win at Stamford Bridge on December 8.
Then Chelsea condemned anti-Semitic chanting by Blues fans during the club’s 2-2 Europa League draw at MOL Vidi on December 13.
A Chelsea statement at the time branded that chanting “abhorrent”, saying it “shamed the club”. The Blues avoided punishment however, after UEFA ended disciplinary proceedings over the incident in February.
Chelsea continue to run the high-profile Say No to Anti-Semitism campaign.