On Thursday, we host Tottenham Hotspur in a crucial Carabao Cup semi-final second leg with everything to play for.
We expect a lively and passionate encounter at Stamford Bridge with everybody getting behind the team as we seek to book our place in the final.
As before the first leg at Wembley two weeks ago, we would like to remind our fans of their responsibilities in keeping support positive.
A small minority of Chelsea supporters have historically used matches against Tottenham to use antisemitic chanting, noises and gestures, including the Y-word, offering the justification of opposition fans using terms as a form of identity.
The club has repeatedly made our stance on this clear – there is no place for such behaviour at Chelsea Football Club.
Last month, Chairman Bruce Buck wrote an open letter to supporters following unsavoury incidents, with the club’s position supported by the World Jewish Congress and the Board of Deputies of British Jews. They stated: ‘The word yid has for years been re-appropriated from its original Yiddish to carry a distinctly pejorative and antisemitic message, and its use by fans in the stands, either as a self-designated nickname or as a slogan against rivals must not be tolerated in any way.’
We wholeheartedly welcome the formation of the independent #ChelseaTogether initiative, which aligns several fan groups to oppose all forms of discrimination in and around our club. The project is evidence that the vast majority of Chelsea supporters want to see such behaviour kicked out of the game.
We urge everybody to show their support in the right way on Thursday and do their bit to help the Blues reach yet another major final.
REPORTING ANTISOCIAL BEHAVIOUR
Supporters can report any discriminatory or anti-social behaviour either to a steward, or text anonymously to 07894 93 77 93. Please note the stand, row and seat number of the person, as well as their appearance, height and build.
After the game, you can ring Chelsea on 0207 386 3355, text 07894 93 77 93 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also contact Kick It Out on 0800 169 9414 or via their smartphone app.
If evidence shows our supporters have engaged in any form of discriminatory behaviour, we will take the strongest possible action, which includes supporting criminal prosecution and issuing banning orders.