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Chelsea fans face bans over anti-Semitic chant

Monday, September 11, 2017 - 01:02

Chelsea fans who are found guilty of singing an anti-Semitic chant

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SHOWS: STOKE D'ABERNON, NEAR LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (SEPTEMBER 11, 2017) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHELSEA'S HEAD OF COMMUNICATIONS, STEVE ATKINS, SAYING: "I think we made an initial statement after the game the other night but happy to repeat but also make clear; I mean Chelsea Football Club finds all forms of discrimination abhorrent and the language that was used in that song the other night we find totally unacceptable. People that use this kind of language against others always try and argue a grey area. There is no grey area. That language used was anti-Semitic and we have a zero tolerance policy towards it. If there is evidence that season ticket holders or members took part in that and take part in it in the future then we will take the strongest possible action against them which includes bans. People should know that the police will be investigating and they will investigate all future such episodes and we will support the police in anything they need us to do, assist their inquiries and we will also support criminal prosecution of such behaviour and activity. We must be clear on this because it has to stop." STORY: Chelsea will take "strongest possible action" against any fans who are found guilty of singing an anti-Semitic song during the club's 2-1 win over Leicester City. The song appeared to be directed at rivals Tottenham Hotspur, who have a traditional Jewish fanbase. Afterwards, Chelsea, whose owner Roman Abramovich is Jewish, issued a statement that said: "The club and the players appreciate the fans' passionate support away from home." On Monday (September 11), the Premier League champions' head of communications, Steve Atkins told reporters they would cooperate with police in any inquiry.

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Chelsea fans face bans over anti-Semitic chant

Monday, September 11, 2017 - 01:02