UEFA have been made aware on anti-semetic chanting by a section of Chelsea fans during their Europa League tie against Vidi on Thursday night. The alleged song included racist terms in a chant aimed at rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
Chelsea were in the Groupama Arena in Budapest when the chanting occurred. This news follows four days on from alleged racist abuse by a member of the Chelsea crowd towards Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling.
UEFA usually files charges within 24 hours of the final whistle, and will wait to hear for reports from the match officials and the match delegate before making a decision.
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri said that he wasn’t in a position to hear the alleged abuse, but a spokesman for the club released a statement regarding the chant on Friday morning.
“Anti-Semitism and any other kind of race-related or religious hatred is abhorrent to this club and the overwhelming majority of our fans. It has no place at Chelsea or in any of our communities. We have stated this loud and clear on many occasions from the owner, the board, coaches and players.Chelsea Spokesman
“Any individuals that can’t summon the brainpower to comprehend this simple message and are found to have shamed the club by using anti-Semitic or racist words or actions will face the strongest possible action from the club.”
In January, Chelsea launched a campaign to raise awareness and educate people about anti-semitism in football, and in October the club considered a proposal to take convicted racist fans to Auschwitz as part of the ‘Say No To Anti-anti-semitism’ campaign. Chelsea have already funded two trips to the Nazi concentration camp this year for other supporters, club executives and staff.