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Chelsea condemn sectarian abuse aimed at Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn

Chelsea condemn sectarian abuse aimed at Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn. The Blues beat Villa 3-0 on Saturday. Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich launched a major anti-racism campaign last year called No To Hate.

Chelsea have condemned the actions of a fan who was seen on social media aiming sectarian abuse at Aston Villa’s Scottish international John McGinn.

“We are aware of a video circulating on social media showing an individual using abusive language of a sectarian nature in the crowd at Stamford Bridge on Saturday,” Chelsea said.

“Chelsea Football Club finds all forms of discriminatory behaviour totally unacceptable and we condemn the language used. “The club is working to identify the person involved and will take the strongest possible action against them.”

In a statement Aston Villa added: “Aston Villa are grateful to our friends at Chelsea FC for their swift and decisive action in both condemning the bigotry aimed at John McGinn at Stamford Bridge and in launching an investigation to identify the culprit.

“Aston Villa will fully support that investigation. Both clubs have zero tolerance for the scourge of discrimination in any form when it occurs in our stadia.”

Writing on Twitter former Chelsea midfielder Nevin, who is also a BBC Radio 5 Live pundit, said: “I’ve just received video of vile sectarian comments aimed at the fabulous John McGinn at Stamford Bridge.

“Heading there now for tomorrow’s game and will talk to the club. You get vile abuse from many fans of many clubs, but this is NO excuse! I hope and expect investigations!”

Source – BBC News

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