Three Chelsea fans spoken to by police over alleged anti-Semitic chanting on train

Three Chelsea fans spoken to by police over alleged anti-Semitic chanting on train following Brighton match

  • Chelsea fans have been associated with anti-Semitic behaviour again
  • Three fans were spoken to by police after reports of anti-Semitic chanting
  • An incident is alleged to have occurred after win at Brighton on Sunday
  • Some fans made anti-Semitic chants during Europa League game last week 

Reuters Reporter

Three men have been spoken to by transport police after reports of anti-Semitic chanting on a train following the Premier League match between Brighton Hove Albion and Chelsea on Sunday.

The incident comes after Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck had greeted fans before the game at the Amex Stadium in an attempt to present a positive image following allegations of anti-Semitic chanting at their Europa League match at MOL Vidi last week.

It also follows on from Chelsea banning four supporters pending a police investigation after the alleged racist abuse of Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling at Stamford Bridge earlier this month.

Three Chelsea fans were spoken to by police over anti-Semitic chanting on a train 

Three Chelsea fans were spoken to by police over anti-Semitic chanting on a train 

‘Officers received reports of anti-Semitic chanting on board a train … at around 4 p.m. yesterday afternoon,’ a British Transport Police statement said on Monday.

‘BTP attended and three men were spoken to by officers, but at this time no one has come forward to make a complaint.’

The statement also appealed for witnesses to come forward.

Chelsea and Brighton could not be immediately reached for comment.

Last Thursday during the 2-2 Europa League draw with Vidi in Budapest, a vocal minority of Chelsea fans were heard singing a derogatory chant about Tottenham supporters, featuring anti-Semitic language.

Chelsea promised to take the strongest possible action against any supporters found to have sung the chant. 

Before the game at Brighton, Buck and club officials went to the away turnstiles and it is understood that while there, he stressed to Chelsea supporters that it was an important day for the club following the disgraceful scenes against Manchester City and Vidi. 

Sunday’s game appeared to pass without incident, though Brighton fans taunted the away end in the second half with a chant of ‘Racists! Racists! Racists!’

An incident is reported to have occurred after Chelsea's 2-1 win at Brighton on Sunday

An incident is reported to have occurred after Chelsea’s 2-1 win at Brighton on Sunday

Chelsea managing director Christian Purslow believes the club’s owner Roman Abramovich will have felt anger and ‘extreme hurt’ over the anti-Semitic chant heard from Blues supporters earlier this week. 

UEFA’s disciplinary body are due to rule this week on whether Chelsea will face a partial stadium closure as a consequence of the anti-semitic chants against Vidi. 

 


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