Three Chelsea fans were stopped from entering Slavia Prague’s Eden Arena for Thursday’s Europa League quarter-final first leg after an alleged racist chant about Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah was posted on social media, Sky Sports reported.
A video, apparently filmed by the fans themselves, was broadcast on social media on Thursday, surfacing before the first leg of the quarter-final against Slavia Prague. The 19-second clip showed a small group of fans gathered in a bar in Prague singing the derogatory chant.
Chelsea issued a statement on their website condemning any form of discriminatory behavior.
“Chelsea FC finds all forms of discriminatory behavior abhorrent and where there is clear evidence of Chelsea season ticket holders or members involved in such behavior, 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.”
Former Chelsea player Salah is of Muslim faith.
The anti-discrimination organization Kick It Out tweeted: “It’s not on the terraces, but it’s still a disgrace. We don’t want fans like that anywhere near our game. “We will be liaising with @ChelseaFC to ensure those involved are identified and punished swiftly and effectively.”
Liverpool also issued a statement, saying: “The video circulating online, showing vile discriminatory chants being aimed at one of our players, is dangerous and disturbing. This behaviour needs to be called out for what it is – unadulterated bigotry.