Chelsea news: Frank Lampard urges supporters to retire offensive song in his honour

The popular chant contains an offensive word about the traveller community

Alan O'Brien
Monday 29 July 2019 08:10
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Frank Lampard has urged Chelsea supporters to retire a popular song in his honour that contains an offensive word about the traveller community.

More than 2,000 Chelsea fans travelled to the Madejski Stadium on Sunday to watch Chelsea beat Reading 4-3 in a pre-season friendly.

Goals from Ross Barkley, Kenedy and two from Mason Mount sealed Lampard his first Chelsea victory on home soil.

However, after the match, the new Chelsea boss urged fans to stop singing a song that includes the word ‘pikey’ – a slang term which is considered by many to be a slur against the traveller community.

“The support for the fans was incredible,” said Lampard. “I didn't hear the song in question, and of course if there's a song that has offensive words I don't want to hear that.

“I'm saying that as a big Chelsea man who really appreciates the support I've had over the years.

“We don't want songs with offensive words. We don't want to hear that. If the fans could sing other songs then I'll back that.

“The club are very clear with the work we do off the pitch about anything that's offensive or prejudiced and we've made a big mark on that.”

Lampard was however delighted to see his side narrowly see off a spirited Reading.

“I'm pleased,” said Lampard. “The clock's ticking, though, and there's still work to be done before Manchester United.”

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