BANNING ORDER FOLLOWING WEMBLEY INCIDENT

Posted on: Fri 04 May 2012

A man was given a three-year banning order this week, preventing him from attending football matches, having been arrested following our most recent visit to Wembley - the FA Cup semi-final versus Tottenham.

Stephen Fitzwater, 55 years old and from Isleworth, Middlesex, was in the Chelsea section of the stadium when he made a racially offensive comment towards Didier Drogba.

The comment was heard by a number of other Chelsea supporters who reported him to a steward. Fitzwater subsequently pleaded guilty in court to racially aggravated abuse.

Chelsea FC and the overwhelming majority of our fans abhor all forms of discrimination and believe they have no place in our club or our communities.

We will be taking the strongest possible action against this individual, who received a lifetime ban from Chelsea FC along with the football banning order.

We would like to thank Chelsea fans for reporting this incident and others which occurred during the semi-final, as a result of which a number of persons have been banned for using racial and abusive language.

We would also like to thank the police and criminal justice system for their hard work in pursuing the case from prosecution to conviction.

We appeal to any of our fans who witness any form of violence, abuse or discriminatory or inflammatory language at the FA Cup Final on Saturday to report it at the earliest opportunity to the police, a matchday steward or text anonymously to 07984 937 793.

After the game you can ring Chelsea to report any incident on 0207 386 3355. Please try to note the section of the stadium, row and seat number of the person, as well as their appearance, height and build.

Chelsea condemns such behaviour and will work together with the police to identify anyone who affects the enjoyment of other supporters in such a way. The strongest possible action will be taken against them.