LONDON — UEFA has confirmed that it’s investigating “alleged racist incidents” throughout Chelsea’s Europa League match towards Vidi earlier this month.
Studies on social media stated antisemitic chanting had come from the part of Groupama Area housing the travelling Chelsea followers from the opening minutes of the game.
After the match, a Chelsea spokesman stated those that had used a derogatory phrase in reference to Tottenham had “shamed the membership.”
In an announcement, UEFA stated: “UEFA has commissioned an Ethics and Disciplinary Inspector to conduct an investigation in relation to the alleged racist incidents that occurred at final week’s UEFA Europa League group stage match between Vidi FC and Chelsea FC performed in Hungary.
“Data in respect to the outcomes of this investigation can be made obtainable by the center of January.”
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If Chelsea are discovered responsible, UEFA might impose a partial closure of Stamford Bridge for the Europa League tie towards Malmo on Feb. 21.
Requested about UEFA’s response on Tuesday, Chelsea assistant coach Gianfranco Zola advised a information convention: “We’re nonetheless speaking about an investigation, so it’s totally troublesome to say something about that.
“We are going to see what occurs after which, clearly, we will remark upon that.”
The behaviour of Chelsea followers has come beneath the microscope in current days, following the alleged racist abuse of Manchester Metropolis’s Raheem Sterling at Stamford Bridge this month.
Chelsea have suspended 4 supporters from attending matches pending a police investigation into the incident, and chairman Bruce Buck spoke to travelling supporters forward of Sunday’s match towards Brighton to clarify the membership’s stance.
Sources advised ESPN FC that Buck — who has backed the “Say No to Antisemitism” marketing campaign launched by Chelsea proprietor Roman Abramovich — positioned himself at the away entrance to the Amex Stadium to discuss to followers as they arrived.
The match handed with none audible offensive chanting from the away finish, however on Monday it emerged that British Transport Police have been interesting for witnesses after stories of antisemitic chanting on a practice after the match.
The UEFA investigation into the chanting at Vidi is a setback for Chelsea after their makes an attempt to eradicate antisemitism from soccer.
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