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Chelsea warn fans against anti-semitic taunts with Spurs

File photo shows Chelsea's Petr Cech during their Champions League first leg, quarter final match against Valencia at Stamford Bridge in London April 4, 2007. Chelsea have warned their fans against making anti-semitic taunts during Saturday's Premier League game at home to Tottenham Hotspur. REUTERS/Kieran Doherty

LONDON (Reuters) - Chelsea have warned their fans against making anti-semitic taunts during Saturday’s Premier League game at home to Tottenham Hotspur.

Spurs, whose fan base includes members of north London’s Jewish community, played out a 3-3 FA Cup draw at Stamford Bridge last month without incident.

Chelsea issued a warning on their Web site (www.chelseafc.com) on Friday, saying:

“The club has been praised for the huge strides made in tackling racism at Stamford Bridge and we want to ensure that any fans who use anti-Jewish abuse during the game are identified and appropriate action taken.”

It added: “Hissing noises, singing songs about ‘yids’ and other offensive songs about Jewish people are unacceptable.

“Anybody caught chanting or making anti-semitic or racist remarks will be arrested and prosecuted by the police. Chelsea will also ban guilty offenders from Stamford Bridge.”

The club are introducing a text message service from the Spurs game onwards for fans to report any anti-social behaviour.

Saturday’s early kickoff is a key one for both clubs, with second-placed Chelsea trying to close a six-point gap on leaders Manchester United and Spurs, who are sixth, looking to hold on to a UEFA Cup slot for next season.

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