Chelsea suspend four from attending games at Stamford Bridge
Chelsea have announced the suspension of four people from attending their matches, pending further investigations into allegations of racial abuse directed towards Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling.
A statement published on the club’s website read: “Chelsea has suspended four people from attending matches pending further investigations into allegations regarding the behaviour of supporters towards Raheem Sterling during our match against Manchester City on Saturday.
“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 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.”
City applauded the approach taken by Chelsea following the incident. “Manchester City welcomes Chelsea’s decision to issue suspensions to the individuals who verbally abused Raheem Sterling,”
“The club and Raheem are fully engaged with Chelsea and the investigating authorities as they continue to examine the events in question. Manchester City and Raheem are committed to working with all relevant parties and organisations to support the objective of eradicating racism from the game.”