Chelsea to be firm on racist fans

Chelsea have pledged to ban any fans found guilty of racist comments or chants for life, as an internal investigation surrounding the Champions League tie against Genk in Belgium continues.

Reports have indicated that striker Daniel Sturridge was victim of a derogatory and abusive comment by one of the Stamford Bridge club’s VIP supporters, whilst chants aimed at QPR defender Anton Ferdinand were also sung during the 1-1 draw.

With Blues captain John Terry under investigation over alleged racist comments also, the London club have stated that any evidence of racism by the fans will be treated with the utmost severity.

“We are investigating several complaints as part of our ongoing investigation into offensive behaviour at the game in Genk,” an official statement reads.

“We take all complaints of this nature extremely seriously and are working with supporters and police to identify those that took part. It can sometimes prove difficult to identify offenders at European away games as there are varying degrees of CCTV and TV footage available to us.

“However, we will continue to vigorously pursue any evidence of individuals or groups taking part in discriminatory behaviour and take the strongest action against them.

“Chelsea FC believes such activity shames the club and the game of football and we are fully committed to eradicating such offensive behaviour from the sport,” the statement concluded.

By Gareth McKnight