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Chelsea warn fans over anti-Semitic abuse towards Spurs supporters at Sunday's cup final

After last week’s controversy in Paris, the club want to avoid further problems.

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CHELSEA HAVE WARNED fans over engaging in anti-semitic abuse towards Spurs supporters at next Sunday’s Capital One Cup final in Wembley.

The club is currently embroiled in controversy after last week’s incident that saw a small number of fans prevent a black man from boarding a tram in Paris.

Club authorities have now moved to avoid further controversy next Sunday and insist ‘the strongest possible action’ will be taken towards any supporters found guilty.

In an official statement on the club’s website, Chelsea admitted that past games with Spurs have been characterised ‘for a small minority’ by ‘a deeply unpleasant and unwanted level of anti-Semitic abuse’.

The statement reads:

“After consultation between the Metropolitan Police and both clubs, we would like to remind supporters of their responsibilities on the day.

“For a small minority, this game has historically brought a deeply unpleasant and unwanted level of anti-Semitic abuse, which has no place in football or anywhere in society. As such, we urge everyone to keep their support positive.

‘Huge Offence’

“Opposition supporters using terms as a form of identity is no excuse for abusive chanting or behaviour. The club asks that all supporters realise such actions cause huge offence to those around them.

“If we receive evidence that supporters have engaged in anti-Semitic or any other form of discriminatory chanting or behaviour, we will take the strongest possible action, including supporting criminal prosecution.

“Recent events in Paris have seen Chelsea fans united in their contempt for a mindless few. Chelsea is proud of the diversity within our club and our vision embraces equality regardless of race, gender, sexuality, disability or religion. We all share the common cause of supporting our team.”

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