Thursday, 18 April, 2019

Liverpool release statement on 'dangerous and disturbing' Mohamed Salah abuse video

Danny Drinkwater- Danny Drinkwater has no future at Chelsea insists manager Maurizio Sarri Drinkwater has not played a single competitive match under the watch of Maurizio Sarri Credit PA
Charles Bowen | 12 April, 2019, 10:12

Four Chelsea supporters were suspended by the club for abusing Raheem Sterling during Manchester City's 2-0 Premier League win at Stamford Bridge on December 8.

Chelsea head to the Czech Republic on Friday with plenty on their minds, knowing that an away goal against Slavia Prague would stand them in good stead for their Europa League quarter-final second leg later this month.

On Thursday afternoon a video circulated online of a small group of Chelsea "fans" singing about Salah. "Tomorrow we will have to change five or six players".

"Such individuals are an embarrassment to the vast majority of Chelsea supporters who won't tolerate them in their club".

"I'm very happy with the result and also with the performance, because at this moment we are able to suffer, in the past we were not", Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri told reporters.

"I don't want to talk about this because I didn't see the video, so I don't want to talk about something I don't know about the case".

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The anti-discrimination organisation Kick It Out tweeted: "It's not on the terraces, but it's still a disgrace".

"The video circulating online, showing vile discriminatory chants being aimed at one of our players, is unsafe and disturbing", the statement said.

Liverpool thanked Chelsea for their urgent action in a statement of their own, revealing they are already working with Merseyside Police "to ascertain the facts around this footage with the aim of identifying individuals featuring in it".

"This behaviour needs to be called out for what it is - unadulterated bigotry".

Part of their statement reads: "The language used in the Tweets is abhorrent and we are taking the reports extremely seriously".

"We've watched different games, especially matches where the opponents managed to get more points or put them under pressure and played very well. We will be liaising with Chelsea to ensure those involved are identified and punished swiftly and effectively".

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