Anti-Semitic chants by Chelsea FC fans during Saturday’s win at Leicester have been condemned by the club.
The public slap down came after Blues supporters repeated a song about Alvaro Morata previously used to abuse London rivals Tottenham, who have a large Jewish fanbase.
“Alvaro, Alvaro. He comes from Madrid. He hates the f****** Yids,” sang Chelsea supporters at the King Power Stadium.
“The club and the players appreciate the fans’ passionate support away from home, of course,” Chelsea head of communications Steve Atkins said in the game’s aftermath. “But the language in that song is not acceptable at all.”
He added that the club is telling supporters neither the Spaniard or Chelsea want anything to do with the chant.
“We’ve spoken to Alvaro after the game and he does not want to be connected to that song in any way and both the player and the club request that the supporters stop singing that song with immediate effect,” Atkins added.
After the game, Morata tweeted: “Since I arrived, I have been able to feel your support every single day, you are amazing and I’d like to ask you to please respect everyone!”
Since I arrived, I have been able to feel your support every single day, you are amazing and I’d like to ask you to please respect everyone!
— Álvaro Morata (@AlvaroMorata) September 9, 2017
The club also took to Twitter:
— Liam Twomey (@liam_twomey) September 9, 2017
Kick It Out, football’s equality and inclusion organisation, have also condemned the song and called for those responsible to be banned.
“There is no place for such disgusting chants at football matches and in wider society,” read a statement from the organisation. “Kick It Out welcomes the clear statement by Chelsea FC, deploring the chants and asking all supporters to cease repeating the chant.
“The organisation expects Chelsea FC to ban any supporters who are identified as indulging in such abusive conduct and expects the police to take action against any identified perpetrators.”
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