Chelsea Football Club has issued a strong note of warning to its supporters about anti-semitic abuse ahead of the League Cup final which comes up on Sunday.
This is coming a week after 3 of their fans were caught pushing a black man off a Paris Metro train before the UEFA Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain and also allegedly chanted racist songs at London St Pancras station after the game in Paris last Tuesday.
A statement on the club’s official website reads:
“After consultation between the Metropolitan Police and both clubs, we would like to remind supporters of their responsibilities on the day. For a small minority, this game has historically brought a deeply unpleasant and unwanted level of anti-Semitic abuse, which has no place in football or anywhere in society. As such, we urge everyone to keep their support positive.
“Opposition supporters using terms as a form of identity is no excuse for abusive chanting or behaviour. The club asks that all supporters realise such actions cause huge offence to those around them.
“If we receive evidence that supporters have engaged in anti-Semitic or any other form of discriminatory chanting or behaviour, we will take the strongest possible action, including supporting criminal prosecution.
“Recent events in Paris have seen Chelsea fans united in their contempt for a mindless few. Chelsea is proud of the diversity within our club and our vision embraces equality regardless of race, gender, sexuality, disability or religion.We all share the common cause of supporting our team.”