Chelsea announced on Monday that it has banned four supporters from attending Chelsea matches, pending a thorough investigation, following allegations of racial abuse from Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling.
“Chelsea Football Club has suspended four people from attending Chelsea matches pending further investigations into allegations regarding the behaviour of supporters towards Raheem Sterling during our match against Manchester City on Saturday,” Chelsea announced in a statement.
“Our investigations into this matter are ongoing. We are fully supporting the police investigation and any information we gather will be passed on to them. Chelsea Football Club finds all forms of discriminatory behaviour abhorrent and if there is evidence of ticket holders taking part in any racist behaviour, the club will issue severe sanctions, including bans. We will also fully support any criminal prosecutions.”
Viral TV footage showed a group of Chelsea supporters shouting at Sterling by the sideline during Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Manchester City on Saturday, prompting calls from fans and the media to ban those involved.
Sterling responded to the incident with a strongly-worded post on Instagram, lamenting that he expects racial abuse and blamed media organizations in the UK for promoting some racial bias in reporting.