Chelsea ban three fans for ‘racially abusing a fellow supporter’ – and apologise after taking SIX MONTHS to contact the victim
- A Chelsea fan was allegedly subjected to slurs about his skin and hair in Prague
- Chelsea have suspended three supporters over the alleged racial abuse
Three Chelsea supporters are potentially facing lifetime bans for racially abusing a fellow fan during their Europa League game at Slavia Prague in April.
Chelsea fan Jerome Bailey, 20, said he was the target of horrific slurs about his skin and hair during the Europa League quarter-final first-leg last season.
The Premier League outfit have moved to suspend the supporters and have formally written to Bailey apologising for the delay.
The horrific racial abuse took place during Chelsea’s Europa League clash at Slavia Prague
Bailey had been ‘disappointed’ that the club took six months to get in touch with him after providing names and seat numbers of the alleged offenders.
The three fans, whose length of suspensions have yet to be determined, could potentially be banned for life.
Bailey told BBC Sport: ‘It’s the result I wanted all along but it’s unfortunate and disappointing that it’s taken so long to get to this point.
‘Maybe Chelsea need to look at how efficient their procedures are in this area.’
The Premier League side have suspended the three supporters over the alleged abuse
The Blues said it took time to identify the alleged perpetrators but admitted they could have got in touch sooner with Bailey, who welcomed the eventual bans.
‘It’s good that zero tolerance is not an empty promise in this case,’ Bailey said.
However, he said of the delay: ‘I just wanted to know that the team I follow cared a little. I didn’t feel like I should have been the one to approach the club – they should have been telling me what was happening.’