Chelsea avoid UEFA action as claims of anti-Semitic songs against Vidi are axed

Chelsea avoid UEFA action as claims of anti-Semitic songs against Vidi are axed


CHELSEA have avoided any action for the behaviour of their fans in Budapest in December after Uefa accepted there was no proof that racist songs were sung.

Blues supporters in the way end during the Europa League match against Vidi were alleged to have chanted an anti-Semitic lyric in a dig at Spurs.

Chelsea have avoided any action for behaviour of their fans against Vidi
Chelsea have avoided any action for behaviour of their fans against Vidi
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The incident came just days after Chelsea had banned four fans for abusing Raheem Sterling during the win over Manchester City.

An exasperated club spokesman said on the night: “Anti-Semitism and any kind of racial or religious hatred is abhorrent to this club and the overwhelming majority of our fans.

“Any individuals that can’t summon the brainpower to comprehend this simple message and are found to have shamed the club by used using anti-Semitic or racist words or actions will face the strongest possible action from the club.”

Chelsea faced a part closure of Stamford Bridge or ban on away fans in the next round of the competition, as well as a heavy fine.

Uefa accept there was no proof fans sang racist songs after an investigation
Uefa accept there was no proof fans sang racist songs after an investigation
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Yet when Chelsea launched their own investigation after being charged by Uefa for “racist behaviour” by fans the club discovered that the only suggestion of the song being chanted in its entirety came from a single fan who had made the claim in social media.

That was the nub of Chelsea’s defence when the case was brought by Uefa’s control, ethics and disciplinary body in Nyon it was ruled that the club had no case to answer.

Uefa confirmed: “The CEDB has decided to close the disciplinary proceedings against Chelsea FC.”

In other measures, Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos copped an extra match Champions League ban for deliberately picking up a booking in the final moments of the 2-1 last 16 first leg win at Ajax.

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Manchester United were fined £13,730 for fans throwing plastic bottles at former player Angel Di Maria and blocking stairways in the Champions League defeat by PSG.

The French champions, though, were fined £35,180 for throwing missiles, setting off fireworks, acts of damage and crowd disturbance and also ordered to pay for the damage caused to Old Trafford within 30 days.

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