Chelsea condemned the video showing what is claimed to be Blues fans in Prague calling Liverpool star Mohamed Salah “a bomber”.
The Islamophobic slur attacks one of the Blues’ former players, after 1,000 fans travelled to attend their Europa League quarter-final clash against Slavia Prague.
The Blues security team actively tried to prevent the fans in the video from entering the Eden Stadion and turned three of the six away, as they continue what they describe as a ‘zero tolerance’ stance on racism.
They will look to ban their supporters if they can identify them and establish for certain that it happened in Prague ahead of Thursday’s match, as suspected.
“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,” a statement read.
“Such individuals are an embarrassment to the vast majority of Chelsea supporters who won’t tolerate them in their club.”
Reacting to the shocking development, Liverpool released a statement, stating that the behaviour of the said fan is, unadulterated bigotry. The statement read;
“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.
“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.”