Chelsea fans' 'racist chanting' investigated
Sunday 22 January 2012
Claims that a group of Chelsea football fans were involved in racist chanting on a train back from the club's 0-0 draw against Norwich City are being investigated.
British Transport Police said they had been made aware of the alleged incident after the clubs' Premier League match yesterday.
"We were made aware of the incident on board the 1600 Norwich to London Liverpool Street Service," a spokeswoman said.
"It is alleged that some individuals were involved in racist chanting.
"British Transport Police has contacted the individual concerned who made the allegations and an investigation is ongoing."
Chelsea has vowed to take action against any fans proved to be involved in racist chanting.
A statement on the club's website said: "Chelsea Football Club is concerned to hear that a small number of fans travelling back by train from Norwich were alleged to be involved in racist chants and comment.
"We are working to help the relevant authorities identify those responsible and will take the strongest possible action should these allegations prove to be true.
"The club, like the overwhelming majority of our fans, strongly believe that all forms of discrimination are abhorrent and have absolutely no place in society."
The alleged incident comes just a week before Chelsea face QPR in a potentially explosive FA Cup tie at Loftus Road.
Captain John Terry has been charged with racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand during the Barclays Premier League game between the two clubs on October 23.
Terry, who denies the allegations, is due to appear at West London Magistrates' Court on February 1.
Chelsea were forced to condemn supporters who were clearly heard chanting "Anton Ferdinand, you know what you are" in their 1-1 Champions League Group E draw at Genk's Cristal Arena on November 1.
Latest in Sport
Toni Kroos admits switch to Manchester United is 'a possibility for me'
Bayern Munich 1 Arsenal 1 - player ratings: Who scored highest for the Gunners – Mesut Ozil or Lukas Podolski?
The 10 funniest football chants revealed, with poll naming West Ham supporters as 'wittiest in the country'
Bayern Munich 1 Arsenal 1: Arjen Robben accused of being a 'very good diver' by Arsene Wenger after Gunners exit Champions League
Ian Wright breaks down in ITV documentary charting his rise to Arsenal and England striker
- 1 Boy George: Bad karma
- 2 Grace Dent: Who cares if she spells it Barraco Barner? Gemma Worrall is more employable than some bookish arts graduate
- 3 First Kiss video: Filmmaker gets 20 strangers to make out on YouTube with awkward results
- 4 Rampaging elephant smashes up house but then 'saves crying baby trapped under debris'
- 5 Ian Wright breaks down in ITV documentary charting his rise to Arsenal and England striker
Britain's top vet sparks controversy with call for ban on slashing animals' throats in 'ritual' slaughters for halal and kosher meat products
Exclusive: Impact of immigrants on British workers ‘negligible’
Katie Hopkins continues campaign to become Britain's most hated talking head with poorly timed Bob Crow tweet
Grace Dent: Who cares if she spells it Barraco Barner? Gemma Worrall is more employable than some bookish arts graduate
No EU referendum under Labour: Ed Miliband to reveal that vote on membership is ‘unlikely’ in next Parliament if party wins power
Ukraine crisis: Russia pledges to 'retaliate against sanctions' as Ukrainian president says Crimea vote will not be recognised