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Keeping support positive for the final

Sunday’s Capital One Cup final against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley promises to be a passionate and exciting match with both sets of supporters contributing to an excellent occasion.

After consultation between the Metropolitan Police and both clubs, we would like to remind supporters of their responsibilities on the day.

For a small minority, this game has historically brought a deeply unpleasant and unwanted level of anti-Semitic abuse, which has no place in football or anywhere in society. As such, we urge everyone to keep their support positive.

Opposition supporters using terms as a form of identity is no excuse for abusive chanting or behaviour. The club asks that all supporters realise such actions cause huge offence to those around them.

If we receive evidence that supporters have engaged in anti-Semitic or any other form of discriminatory chanting or behaviour, we will take the strongest possible action, including supporting criminal prosecution.

Recent events in Paris have seen Chelsea fans united in their contempt for a mindless few. Chelsea is proud of the diversity within our club and our vision embraces equality regardless of race, gender, sexuality, disability or religion. We all share the common cause of supporting our team.

We launched the Building Bridges campaign in 2010 to promote equality and have worked hard to combat all forms of discrimination both at Stamford Bridge and in our communities.

If you hear discriminatory chants on the way to the game, during or after the match, you can report it to a steward, or text anonymously to 87474, call 0800 085 0508 or email reportdiscrimination@thefa.com.

You can also contact Kick It Out on 0800 169 9414 or via their smartphone app.

 

OTHER INFORMATION

All fans are advised to arrive early as the Wembley area will be heavily congested. Both the London Underground and National Rail networks will be extremely busy. Supporters arriving close to kick-off may also experience congestion at the stadium turnstiles.

Pubs in the Wembley area will stop serving one hour before kick-off, and will not broadcast the match. A no-drinking zone covers the entire area around Wembley Stadium, and as such no drinking will be permitted on the streets.

There will also be a zero-tolerance policy on pyrotechnics, smoke bombs and flares in and around the stadium.

Click here for more Wembley information, rules and travel advice.

 

 

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