Chelsea forward, Olivier Giroud, has taken a swing at the fans who allegedly chanted racist slogans about Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah on Thursday night.
A late Marcos Alonso goal sealed a 1-0 win for the Blues at Slavia Prague in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final. The win saw Chelsea take a giant step towards the semifinals, but the night was blemished by an incident before the match when some the Chelsea supporters were filmed supposedly singing an Islamophobic song about the club’s former player, Mohamed Salah.
Three of the six alleged Chelsea fans accused of singing chants about Mohamed Salah were stopped from entering the Eden Stadium in Prague on Thursday night after club officials identified them from video on social media – https://t.co/AlspvvHbLG
— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) April 11, 2019
Both Premier League clubs, Liverpool and Chelsea, have condemned the atrocious incident, with the Reds describing the slurs as ‘dangerous and disturbing’ to football and humanity.
Chelsea have revealed that three of the people in the video, which was made viral on social media sites, were stopped from entering the stadium by the club’s security personnel. A couple of weeks ago, Manchester City star, Raheem Sterling was racially abused by a section of Montenegro supporters, but coming from the supporters of one of the most decorated English sides, it really is quite heartbreaking.
The video appears to show Chelsea fans singing a racist song about Liverpool’s Mo Salah.
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) April 11, 2019
After the match, Chelsea star, Giroud lashed out at the offenders.
“I think these people shouldn’t belong to Chelsea,” he said, as quoted by Sky Sports.
“I think the club and everybody condemns these kind of things, and we are 100 per cent behind Mo Salah.”
“I think nowadays it shouldn’t happen,” he concluded.