Chelsea continue chants enquiry

The incidents happened during the Blues’ Champions League tie with

the Belgian side at the Cristal Arena, and co-incided with the

ongoing police and Football Association investigations into the

race row between captain John Terry and QPR’s Anton Ferdinand. Some

of the Chelsea’s travelling contingent were clearly heard singing,

“Anton Ferdinand, you know what you are”, although the match

officials did not include any mention of it in their reports. But

after quickly insisting they would do all they could to root out

any troublemakers, Chelsea have on Wednesday night issued an update

via their official website. A statement read: “Chelsea Football

Club is continuing the investigation into identifying fans who

participated in offensive chanting during our Champions League game

against Genk. “The club has been working closely with the police

and Genk authorities, and all available footage of the relevant

areas of the stadium is being tracked down to determine those who

took part. “The methods we employ to identify individuals or groups

engaging in this offensive practice are kept under continual

review, as are technological advancements that may afford us a

greater degree of accuracy in identifying offenders in the future.

“Chelsea FC is committed to stamping out all forms of

discrimination and if we are provided with sufficient evidence that

season-ticket holders or members have been involved in such

activity we will take the strongest possible action, including

supporting criminal prosecution. “A number of people have been

banned from Stamford Bridge and prosecuted for racist behaviour in

the past and we won’t hesitate to act in this way again.” The club

have also set up a dedicated telephone number for anyone with

information to call.