Racism is a serious issue around the globe and sports are also heavily affected by it. There have been many instances of racist slurs being used against players or fans. A similar incident took place in a Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea FC when Spur’s Son Heung-min was targeted by some fans.
The player also complained about the same and now Chelsea FC has taken the necessary action against the fan who was allegedly involved in the incident. The club has put an indefinite ban on the season ticket holder after the investigation process was over.
“Following our statement this week on racist abuse at the Tottenham game last Sunday, Chelsea Football Club can confirm that it has identified and banned a season ticket holder indefinitely,” said Chelsea FC in a statement.
Earlier, when the incident was reported, the club had pledged to take “strongest action” possible. “Chelsea Football Club finds any form of discriminatory behaviour totally abhorrent. It has no place at Chelsea or in any of our communities,” read a Chelsea statement.
“Chelsea FC has consistently made its zero-tolerance position on discriminatory behaviour very clear, yet there are still idiots like this that attach themselves to this club as so called ‘fans’, which shames Chelsea FC, our coaches, players, staff, and our true supporters.
“We are investigating this incident and, if identified, this individual will face the strongest action from the club.”
It’s worth mentioning that Chelsea have previously handed out life bans to supporters found guilty of racial abuse at Stamford Bridge. The Blues took their latest initiative in the long-running No To Hate campaign before Sunday's Spurs clash, taking steps to make it easier for spectators to report the alleged abuse.
The back of every seat at Stamford Bridge now has instructions on how to report incidents of abuse, either by text or by barcode on a smartphone.