October 20, 2017 / 12:16 PM / a year ago

Roma charged by UEFA over monkey chants in Chelsea match

(Reuters) - AS Roma have been charged with racist behaviour by UEFA after a section of their supporters appeared to taunt their former defender Antonio Ruediger with monkey chants during their 3-3 Champions League draw at Chelsea in London on Wednesday.

Soccer Football - Champions League - Chelsea vs AS Roma - Stamford Bridge, London, Britain - October 18, 2017 AS Roma's Edin Dzeko celebrates scoring their third goal with Maxime Gonalons and team mates REUTERS/Eddie Keogh

The 24-year-old, capped 20 times by Germany, joined the Premier League side in 2017 after a two-year stint at Roma. He made a total of 72 appearances for the Serie A club.

European football’s governing body said in a statement on Friday that it had opened proceedings against the Italian side under Article 14 of its disciplinary regulations.

UEFA’s Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body will deal with the case on Nov. 16.

A spokesman for Roma said the club would not comment on the charges at the moment.

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru and Silvia Recchimuzzi in Gdynia; Editing by Christian Radnedge

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