Champions League - Chelsea to act over Ferdinand chant

Wed, 02 Nov 16:57:00 2011

Chelsea have vowed to do everything possible to identify those fans responsible for taunting Anton Ferdinand during their Champions League game at Genk.

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The club were on Tuesday night forced to condemn supporters who were clearly heard chanting "Anton Ferdinand, you know what you are" in their 1-1 Group E draw at the Cristal Arena.

Chelsea's fans appeared to be attempting to show support for captain John Terry, who is now under police investigation over allegations he racially abused QPR defender Ferdinand during last month's west London derby, something he denies.

Chelsea look set to avoid action over the abuse levelled at Ferdinand by a section of their travelling support, with UEFA confirming on Wednesday morning that neither their match delegate nor referee Svein Oddvar Moen made any mention of the chanting in their reports.

But the club have taken the initiative themselves in a bid to prevent a repeat. A spokesman said: "The chanting by a vocal minority was wholly inappropriate and Chelsea Football Club does not condone such behaviour. We will be working with the appropriate authorities to seek out those responsible."

UEFA has said it will wait on the reports from their match delegate and referee before deciding whether to take any action against the club.

UEFA is likely to receive the reports on Thursday and confirmed its disciplinary unit "would look into" any allegations of racist chanting that could be contained within them.

It will also do so should "any other piece of evidence of such chanting be made available" before deciding "whether to open disciplinary proceedings against the relevant club".

Possible sanctions for racist chanting include fines and forcing clubs to play matches behind closed doors.

However, even if UEFA is made aware of Tuesday night's chants, it remains to be seen whether they can be deemed to be racist in a disciplinary sense.

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