Chelsea sanction fans after racist abuse of Raheem Sterling
Chelsea have sanctioned six individuals following the racist abuse of Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling at Stamford Bridge back in December 2018.
One supporter has been banned permanently from Stamford Bridge for using racially abusive language, while the other five have received bans between one and two years for abusive language and threatening and aggressive behavior.
The Blues say they “delayed reaching its decision in these cases in order to ensure that it did not prejudice the related police investigation” and confirmed that the police were not going to “initiate any criminal prosecutions” against the individuals.
These sanctions are a result of a club investigation as Chelsea spoke with the individuals concerned, reviewed video evidence, interviewed potential witnesses and obtained expert opinions from two lip reading professionals.
Chelsea also said that they “appreciate that emotions can run high during matches” but that “in this case the behavior of all six individuals crossed the line of what is acceptable.”
The west London side went on to say that “a permanent exclusion was the appropriate sanction” for the individual charged with using racially abusive language.
“Chelsea Football Club finds all forms of discriminatory behaviour abhorrent and we will continue to operate a zero tolerance approach to any incident of racism,” read the club statement.-NBC