Chelsea have vowed to take the ‘strongest possible action’ against the supporters caught on video chanting vile racist abuse about Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah.
The Blues are again in the headlines for the wrong reasons, after footage emerged on social media on Thursday showing a small group of their fan base in Prague chanting that Salah is a ‘bomber’.
Chelsea condemned the incident in a statement on their website, labelling the supporters an ’embarrassment’ to the club.
It read: “Chelsea FC finds all forms of discriminatory behaviour abhorrent and where there is clear evidence of Chelsea season ticket holders or members involved in such behaviour, we will take the strongest possible action against them.
“Such individuals are an embarrassment to the vast majority of Chelsea supporters who won’t tolerate them in their club.”
The statement comes after the west London side revealed three fans had been banned from Slavia Prague’s stadium for their side’s Europa League clash out in the Czech Republic after being identified.
Liverpool also underlined their dismay at the turn of events, calling it an example of ‘unadultered bigotry’.
“Liverpool Football Club believes it is the responsibility of those in positions of authority, following proper process, to act urgently to identify and then punish anyone committing a hate crime,” it said.
“This behaviour needs to be called out for what it is – unadulterated bigotry.
“There is no place for this behaviour in football, there is no place for it in society. A crime of this nature has more victims than any individual it is aimed at and, as such, collective and decisive action is needed to address it.
“As pertains to this latest incident, the club is working with Merseyside Police to ascertain the facts around this footage with the aim of identifying individuals featuring in it.
“In addition, we are working directly with Chelsea Football Club on the matter.
“We thank them for their condemnation and a commitment to act urgently to identify any individuals responsible.”
Anti-racism campaign group Kick It Out earlier vented their disgust at the incident, declaring they will work with the Premier League side to find the perpetrators.
Their statement read: “It’s not on the terraces but it is still a disgrace. We do not want fans like that anywhere near our game.
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“We will be liaising with Chelsea Football Club to ensure those involved are identified and punished swiftly and effectively.”
It is the latest incident in a long line of racist and Islamophobic abuse that has blighted football recently.
Raheem Sterling, Danny Rose and Callum Hudson-Odoi were all subject to monkey noises from the Montenegro crowd last month in England’s Euro 2020 qualifying match.
While Troy Deeney revealed he received vile messages on social media following Watford’s FA Cup semi-final victory over Wolves.
England and Man City winger Sterling was racially abused by Chelsea supporters earlier this season in their match at Stamford Bridge, leading to four fans being suspended from attending the ground.
This is the second incident of Islamophobia directed towards Salah after the Egyptian international appeared to be called a Muslim c*** by a West Ham fanat the London Stadium in February.
In Scotland, concerns have been raised about sectarian songs, with Steve Clarke and Kris Boyd victims in February.