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Chelsea confirm alleged racist abuse of one of its players

Dynamo Kyiv v Chelsea - UEFA Europa League Round of 16: Second Leg

KIEV, UKRAINE - MARCH 14: Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Andreas Christiansen of Chelsea embrace after the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 Second Leg match between Dynamo Kyiv and Chelsea at NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium on March 14, 2019 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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Chelsea have confirmed that one of their players was subjected to alleged racist abuse in Ukraine on Thursday.

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Various reports state that Callum Hudson-Odoi was racially abused by a group of Dynamo Kiev fans in the final minutes of Chelsea’s 5-0 UEFA Europa League last 16 win in the Ukrainian capital.

Although the club haven’t confirmed which player was allegedly abused, it has stated that European soccer’s governing body are investigating the incident.

Here are more details from a club statement:

“We can confirm a report of racist abuse directed at one of our players in the final minutes of the match in Kiev from a small section of home supporters. We wholeheartedly condemn such abhorrent behavior. The matter was reported to the referee at the final whistle and the chairman and club secretary spoke to the UEFA match delegate immediately after the match. We expect UEFA to conduct a fulsome investigation and we will provide full cooperation.”

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