Raheem Sterling

Premier League issues statement about racism and antisemitism ahead of festive fixtures

Premier League have spoken

The Premier League have issued a statement to fans ahead of the busy Christmas period.

There have been an alarming amount of events in the last couple of weeks that cast the game in a terrible light.

Raheem Sterling is thought to have been racially abused by a Chelsea fan. Not to mention the banana skin thrown onto the field at Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Then, last night, Chelsea fans were caught chanting antisemitic songs as they took on Vidi in the Europa League.

In an effort to tackle this, and stop anything else happening, the Premier League have asked fans to behave properly.

They also added if there is any unacceptable chanting or behaviour, that it gets reported to Kick It Out.

Kick It Out had also teamed up with Chelsea, to try and increase awareness of how important it is to report any abuse.

Chelsea issues

Chelsea seem to be the club in the middle of all of this.

It has to be said, it’s a small amount of the support base, but even one fan is too many.

That was made very clear by the club.

Their players have also come out condemning any abuse, with Cesc Fabregas the latest to do so.

Of course, Chelsea aren’t the only club to have accusations like this levelled at them.

The Blues have worked hard to educate fans over antisemitic abuse and racism.

However, it’s very clear that far more needs to be done, both in football and in society, with racism, sexism, homophobia, trans phobia, antisemitism and any other form of abuse totally unacceptable on any and all levels.

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