UEFA Investigating Chelsea for Alleged Antisemitic Chants vs. Vidi

Gill Clark@@gillclarkyFeatured Columnist IDecember 13, 2018

English FC Chelsea's forward Willian (L) vies with Mol Vidis Austrian/Bosnian-Herzegovinan midfielder Anel Hadzic (R) during the UEFA Europa League Group L football match between MOL Vidi FC and Chelsea on December 13, 2018 in Budapest. (Photo by ATTILA KISBENEDEK / AFP)        (Photo credit should read ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP/Getty Images)
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UEFA will investigate Chelsea for alleged antisemitic chants against Vidi during Thursday's Europa League clash between the two sides: 

Visiting supporters were heard chanting abuse after just two minutes of the clash at the Groupama Arena in Budapest, according to Charlie Eccleshare at the Daily Telegraph.

The match was a dead rubber for Chelsea who had already secured top spot in Group L. The game finished 2-2 with Olivier Giroud equalising on 75 minutes for the visitors.

Chelsea have issued a swift response to the allegations:

Manager Maurizio Sarri was also asked about the chanting after the match:

The alleged incident comes after Saturday's 2-0 win over Manchester City which saw Raheem Sterling allegedly racially abused at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea and the Metropolitan police launched an investigation after video footage emerged of supporters targeting the England international, according to the Observer.

Four people have been suspended from attending further matches pending further investigation, per the Telegraph

Sterling subsequently posted a message on Instagram where he said newspapers "fuel racism" and "I just had to laugh because I don't expect no better," regarding the alleged abuse, per Luke Brown at the Independent.

The supporter accused of directing abuse at Sterling has apologised for his behaviour but denied he made racist comments, according to Inderdeep Bains and Courtney Bartlett for the Daily Mail.

This is not the first time that Chelsea fans have been in trouble for racist behaviour. Four supporters were convicted of racist violence and given suspended prison sentences in 2017 for pushing a commuter off a Paris metro, per Angelique Chrisafi at the Guardian.

Chelsea could face sanctions for their supporters' actions within the next 24 hours. UEFA may decide to take further action after receiving reports from match officials and delegates, per Sky Sports News.

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