Premier League - Chelsea probe racism claims

Tue, 15 Nov 09:24:00 2011

Chelsea have launched an investigation into claims that striker Daniel Sturridge was racially abused by one of the club's own supporters.

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Sturridge, currently on international duty with the senior England squad, was allegedly the subject of taunts from an individual during the Blues' Champions League trip to Genk on November 1.

That same match in Belgium saw sections of the travelling fans chant "Anton Ferdinand, you know what you are", in response to the ongoing FA and police investigations into Blues captain John Terry allegedly racially abusing the QPR defender.

Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay received the complaint from another member of the travelling support at that match via e-mail. It is not thought Sturridge was aware of the situation at the time.

A Chelsea spokesman told The Guardian: "We have had a new complaint from a fan that we are taking very seriously indeed.

"We are carrying out an immediate investigation led by our head of security that is likely to involve the police as well.

"We will not tolerate any form of racism and have encouraged our supporters to help identify those responsible and we will track them down."

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