Chelsea in new race row as fan seen making 'monkey’ gesture
Supporter caught on camera the day after Chelsea says ref called Mikel a 'monkey'
CHELSEA are embroiled in yet another race row after a picture of one of their fans apparently making a monkey gesture at Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck (above) was published.
It comes a day after the club reported referee Mark Clattenburg to the FA for using "inappropriate language" towards one of their players. Chelsea allege that he called Jon Obi Mikel a "monkey" during their clash with Manchester United on Sunday.
The apparently damning photo of the supporter has also come to light as club captain John Terry serves a four-match ban for racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand last year, an act that has had huge ramifications on and off the pitch.
Now Chelsea face yet more scandal. The beleaguered west London club's issues with racism have been well documented. Last week satirical website The Daily Mash made fun of the number of race rows involving Chelsea and jokingly described Stamford Bridge as "molecular bigotry engine". And United fans at last night's game unfurled several banners mocking their opponents. One read: "Chelsea: standing up to racism since Sunday".
The Daily Mail describes the publication of the image as "a fresh blow to a club which has been dogged by the spectre of racism".
For their part Chelsea have urged other supporters to identify the fan. In a statement the club said: "Chelsea FC is committed to removing all forms of discrimination and if we have sufficient evidence we will take the strongest possible action, including supporting criminal prosecution."
The League Cup encounter with Manchester United, which Chelsea eventually won 5-4, initially appeared to have passed off peacefully. But it now seems things didn't go quite as smoothly as first thought.
"The European champions and FA Cup holders are believed to be looking into a number of incidents concerning the visiting United fans after a pitch invasion took place and some objects were thrown on to the pitch during a dramatic Capital One Cup fourth-round tie at Stamford Bridge," reports The Times.