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UEFA to Investigate Alleged Racist Chanting By Chelsea Fans

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https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/46874635

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Uefa has opened disciplinary proceedings into alleged racist chanting by Chelsea fans in the Europa League game with MOL Vidi.

A vocal minority chanted offensive songs about Tottenham fans in the 2-2 draw in Hungary on 13 December.

Chelsea said fans who sang an anti-Semitic chant during the game had "shamed the club".

Uefa's control, ethics and disciplinary body will rule on the case at its next meeting on 28 February.

The events in Hungary came five days after the alleged racist abuse of Manchester City's Raheem Sterling by some Chelsea supporters during a Premier League game at Stamford Bridge. Four fans were suspended by the club.

Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck greeted Chelsea supporters at the turnstiles before a Premier League win at Brighton on 16 December and wrote an open letter condemning the actions of "a few mindless individuals".

In October, Buck told the Sun newspaper Chelsea may require fans found guilty of anti-Semitic abuse to visit the site of Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz rather than ban them.

"If you just ban people, you will never change their behaviour," he said.

The club's Say No to Anti-Semitism scheme, which began in January, provides one-to-one education courses.

A group of 150 Chelsea club staff, stewards and supporters visited Auschwitz in June to learn about the deaths of more than a million people there between 1940 and 1945

 

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14 minutes ago, Stan said:

In October, Buck told the Sun newspaper Chelsea may require fans found guilty of anti-Semitic abuse to visit the site of Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz rather than ban them.

That would be a waste of time and money for all concerned... You simply can't teach an old dog new tricks

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2 minutes ago, Bluewolf said:

That would be a waste of time and money for all concerned... You simply can't teach an old dog new tricks

I don't agree that banning won't change behaviour, either.

If someone who really loves football is stopped from going to football, you'd like to think they may change their ways to stop their behaviour after realising the consequences, for themselves at least. At least for sane people, anyway - racists and bigots may think differently xD 

Plus, banning them benefits the clubs and the victims within the stadium. One less mindless idiot in the stadium. 

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19 minutes ago, Stan said:

I don't agree that banning won't change behaviour, either.

It won't, but what it will do is cut some of the numbers down that behave that way during matches, you need an open mind and want to be willing to change for any real steps forward 

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I don't think we should be focusing on changing these people too much, if they are grown adults and haven't had the education/upbringing to behave in a proper fashion then it's unlikely they can be changed. It's only the person who change themselves. 

Just ban them and begin criminal proceedings if they have broken a law. 

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No further action from UEFA...

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/47406916

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No action will be taken against Chelsea for alleged racist chanting by their fans in the Europa League game with MOL Vidi last December.

A journalist at the game had told the BBC some Blues fans chanted offensive songs about Tottenham supporters early in the 2-2 draw in Hungary.

But Uefa's disciplinary body has "decided to close the proceedings".

No official reason was given for Uefa's decision but BBC Sport understands it was made due to a lack of evidence.

Following the allegations, Chelsea released a statement condemning "any kind of racial or religious hatred".

A Chelsea fan group was also set up in January in a bid to "oppose all forms of discrimination in and around the club", following a number of incidences of alleged racist abuse and chanting at games.

The alleged anti-Semitic chanting in Hungary on 13 December came five days after the alleged racist abuse of Manchester City's Raheem Sterling by some Chelsea supporters during a Premier League game at Stamford Bridge. Four fans were suspended by the club.

Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck greeted Chelsea supporters at the turnstiles before a Premier League game on 16 December and wrote an open letter condemning the actions of "a few mindless individuals".

In October, Buck told the Sun newspaper Chelsea may require fans found guilty of anti-Semitic abuse to visit the site of Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz rather than ban them.

 

 

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1 hour ago, The Artful Dodger said:

It's mad how much Chelsea sing about Liverpool.

They've been trying to create a rivalry with Liverpool since 2005. The other big London clubs have their own proper rivalries and then there's Chelsea left with Fulham. 

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