Chelsea ease past Dynamo Kyiv
Chelsea travelled to Kiev last Thursday for the second leg of their Europa League round of 16 tie.
The Blues headed into the game with a 3-0 advantage but with some of the comebacks we have witnessed in European competitions recently, that lead by no means guaranteed them a place in the next round.
However, Chelsea’s second leg got off to the best possible start with Olivier Giroud opening the scoring inside five minutes.
The Frenchman would add two more for Chelsea in the 33rd and 59th minute.
Marcos Alonso and Callum Hudson-Odoi would also get in amongst the goals.
Maurizio Sarri’s side will now play Slavia Praha in the quarter-final.
The quarter-finals draw in full
— UEFA Europa League (@EuropaLeague) 15 March 2019
Hudson-Odoi abused vs Kyiv
However, after the win in Kiev, it has been revealed that Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi was allegedly subjected to racial abuse by a small section of the home fans.
Chelsea have confirmed racist abuse was directed to one of their players (thought to be Hudson-Odoi) in Kiev and have condemned the behaviour. The referee and the UEFA delegate were made aware of the incident. #CFC
— Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) 18 March 2019
Chelsea have since released a statement condemning the actions.
The abuse has also been reported to UEFA. The full statement from Chelsea’s official website reads as follows:
We can confirm a report of racist abuse directed at one of our players in the final minutes of the match in Kiev from a small section of home supporters. We wholeheartedly condemn such abhorrent behaviour.
The matter was reported to the referee at the final whistle and the chairman and club secretary spoke to the UEFA match delegate immediately after the match.
We expect UEFA to conduct a fulsome investigation and we will provide full cooperation.
Racism in football, sadly, appears to be growing this season rather than declining.