Chelsea have suspended four fans from attending their matches while an investigation is carried out by the club into allegations Manchester City star Raheem Sterling was racially abused during Saturday’s Premier League clash.
Television cameras apparently caught a Chelsea fan aiming racist abuse at England winger Sterling during the Blues’ 2-0 win over City at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea in hand with the British police are investigating the incident, which has provoked widespread condemnation amid fears football is returning to the dark ages of racism that blighted the sport in the 1970s and 1980s.
Chelsea took swift action and temporarily suspended the four fans until they have concluded their investigations.
“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,” a Chelsea 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.”
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— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 10, 2018