Chelsea Suspend 4 Fans Amid Allegations of Racial Abuse Toward Raheem Sterling
Epl: Chelsea have suspended four fans from attending matches while an investigation into alleged racial abuse toward Manchester City star Raheem Sterling takes place.
Jane Dougall of Sky Sports reported the news Monday:
Chelsea Football Club has suspended four people from attending Chelsea matches pending further investigations into allegations regarding the behaviour of supporters towards Raheem Sterling during our match against Manchester City on Saturday.
— Jane Dougall (@janedougallsky) December 10, 2018
If evidence of racial abuse is found, sanctions could include bans.
A club statement read:
“Our investigations into this matter are ongoing. We are fully supporting the police investigation and any information we gather will be passed on to them.
“Chelsea Football Club finds all forms of discriminatory behaviour abhorrent and if there is evidence of ticket holders taking part in any racist behaviour, the club will issue severe sanctions, including bans. We will also fully support any criminal prosecutions.”
Manchester City also issued a statement saying the club “welcomes” Chelsea’s decision to suspend the fans, adding it will continue to work with the investigation into the alleged abuse, per Sky Sports News.
The Blues’ 2-0 win was overshadowed by an incident involving Sterling and several fans who appeared to hurl racist abuse at the England international.
Sterling took to social media after the match to address the problem, pointing the finger at the media for fueling this type of behaviour:
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Good morning I just want to say , I am not normally the person to talk a lot but when I think I need my point to heard I will speak up. Regarding what was said at the Chelsea game as you can see by my reaction I just had to laugh because I don’t expect no better. For example you have two young players starting out there careers both play for the same team, both have done the right thing. Which is buy a new house for there mothers who have put in a lot of time and love into helping them get where they are, but look how the news papers get there message across for the young black player and then for the young white payer. I think this in unacceptable both innocent have not done a thing wrong but just by the way it has been worded. This young black kid is looked at in a bad light. Which helps fuel racism an aggressive behaviour, so for all the news papers that don’t understand why people are racist in this day and age all i have to say is have a second thought about fair publicity an give all players an equal chance.
The alleged abuse occurred roughly a week after a fan threw a banana skin at Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after he scored a goal against rivals Tottenham Hotspur. That fan has been arrested and banned indefinitely.
Sterling’s statement on social media ignited a debate and has been praised by many, including the Mirror‘s Darren Lewis and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.