We travel to Wembley today (Tuesday) for what promises to be an exciting first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur.
This fixture is always a passionate encounter both on the pitch and in the stands, but in light of recent events and after consultation between both clubs and the Metropolitan Police, we would like to remind supporters of their responsibilities in keeping support positive.
We have repeatedly made our stance on discriminatory or abusive chanting abundantly clear, and chairman Bruce Buck last month wrote an open letter to supporters to further outline the strength of feeling within the club and of the vast majority of Chelsea supporters.
Historically, a small minority has used the Tottenham fixture as licence to use antisemitic chants, noises and gestures, including the Y-word, offering the justification of opposition fans using terms as a form of identity.
Our position is clear – this is no excuse for abusive chanting or behaviour and it will not be tolerated.
This stance was last week supported by the World Jewish Congress and the Board of Deputies of British Jews, who 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 hope everybody realises that use of such language can cause huge offence to those around them.
Please get behind the team, and show your support in the right way as we seek a positive result to take back to Stamford Bridge for the second leg.
Chelsea stewards will be at the match in a liaison capacity, and we urge our supporters to report any discriminatory or anti-social behaviour to Wembley stewards, or by texting 87474 and by typing in the relevant keyword that identifies the anti-social behaviour viewed:
FOUL – Bad language and bad behaviour
RACISM – Racist chant and shouting
HPH – Homophobic chanting
DRINK – Drinking in view of the pitch
SMOKE – Smoking within the stadium
STAND – Standing within the seating bowl
PYROS – Pyrotechnics
Within your message please identify the location in which the bad behaviour is taking place (BLOCK, ROW, SEAT) in order for the safety officials to view the incident via the extensive cameras around the stadium.
You can also report discrimination to Kick It Out on 0800 169 9414 or via their smartphone app, which is free to download.
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.