Chelsea Ban Fan For Life For Racial Abuse In Manchester City Game
By Samuel Victor Akpan
London club Chelsea have banned a fan for life and temporarily suspended five others for using “racially abusive language” towards Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling.
The incident occurred when the two sides met during a Premier League game on 8 December 2018 at Stamford Bridge.
While the one fan who was banned for life was punished for the use of racially abusive language, the other five who were temporarily suspended- for periods of between one and two years- were slammed with the punishment for the use of abusive language and threatening and aggressive behavior during the game back in December.
Police had investigated allegations of racial abuse towards England International Sterling, but the Crown Prosecution Service found insufficient evidence to start a criminal charge.
A club statement read: “While the club respects the decision of the CPS, the question it had to determine was not whether a criminal offence had been committed, but rather whether the individual acted in breach of the ticketing terms and conditions”.
“Individuals receiving the shorter exclusion did so on the basis that they have provided undertakings about their future behaviour”, it read further, explaining the sanctions on the five supporters.
According to the West London club, the delay in reaching a decision in the cases was to avoid a prejudice on her part towards the police investigation into the case.
Chelsea confirms that all the individuals sanctioned as a result of their investigation were offered the right to appeal and, where applicable, those appeals have been heard.
“Chelsea finds all forms of discriminatory behavior abhorrent and we will continue to operate a zero-tolerance approach to any incidents of racism”, said the club.