Capital One Cup final: Chelsea warn fans they will ban anyone using anti-Semitic language

Chelsea take a firm stance on prejudice ahead of Wembley final

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Chelsea have warned supporters they face being banned from Stamford Bridge should they use anti-Semitic language during the Capital One Cup final against Tottenham Hotspur this weekend.

Criminal investigations are still ongoing into a racist incident involving some Blues fans who travelled to France for last week’s Champions League draw with Paris Saint-Germain.

They were filmed refusing to allow a black Paris commuter onto a Metro train, before chanting songs about being racist.

The fact that Chelsea next face Spurs, a club with Jewish traditions, has prompted the Premier League leaders to publish an appeal to supporters ahead of Sunday’s Wembley showpiece final.

A Chelsea statement said: "For a small minority, this game has historically brought a deeply unpleasant and unwanted level of anti-Semitic abuse.

Some Chelsea fans refused to allow a black commuter to board a train in Paris

"Opposition supporters using terms as a form of identity is no excuse for abusive chanting or behaviour. The club asks that all supporters realise such actions cause huge offence to those around them.

"If we receive evidence that supporters have engaged in anti-Semitic or any other form of discriminatory chanting or behaviour, we will take the strongest possible action, including supporting criminal prosecution.

"Recent events in Paris have seen Chelsea fans united in their contempt for a mindless few. 

"Chelsea is proud of the diversity within our club and our vision embraces equality regardless of race, gender, sexuality, disability or religion. We all share the common cause of supporting our team."