LONDON – Chelsea have reported Dynamo Kiev to Uefa after one of their players was allegedly the target of racist abuse from home supporters during their Europa League last-16 second leg victory in Kiev last week, the Premier League club said on Monday.
While Chelsea did not name the player, Sky Sports reported that winger Callum Hudson-Odoi was targeted by a section of Kiev fans, who directed monkey chants at the 18-year-old as Chelsea romped to a 5-0 win.
Sky said Hudson-Odoi informed teammate Cesar Azpilicueta, who in turn complained to the referee after the final whistle.
“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,” Chelsea said in a statement on their website.
“We wholeheartedly condemn such abhorrent behaviour... We expect Uefa to conduct a fulsome investigation, and we will provide full co-operation.”
The club said chairman Bruce Buck and club secretary David Barnard had informed the Uefa match delegate of the matter.
Uefa were not immediately available to comment.
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.— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) March 18, 2019
We wholeheartedly condemn such abhorrent behaviour.https://t.co/ZG12S8ZqFc