Hazard calls for ‘mutual respect’ between Chelsea and Spurs fans

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Chelsea attacker Eden Hazard has called for Tottenham and Chelsea fans to show respect towards one another and enjoy the game of football. There have been a few controversial incidents particularly involving Chelsea fans in recent times.

While one Chelsea fan was banned for allegedly shouting racist abuse at Raheem Sterling when Manchester City traveled to Stamford Bridge earlier in the season, UEFA are also investigating another incident which allegedly involved Chelsea fans chanting anti-semitic slogans during their Europa League tie against Vidi FC in Budapest.

In fact, just today The Telegraph reported that 20 Chelsea fans have been accused of chanting racially abusive chants in front of families and women on a train.

Chelsea have thus issued an official statement warning their supporters that those types of chants will not be tolerated and that anybody who is caught using racist or abusive language would be thrown out of Wembley.

Now, one of Chelsea’s stars Eden Hazard as echoed the club’s sentiments and suggested that people who chant such abusive things aren’t fans at all.

Speaking to The Guardian, the Belgian said, “Do I want the fans of both clubs to respect each other? Yes, of course”.

“I have said before that these sort of fans are not fans for me. They come to the stadium just to say something. I understand people want the team they support to win but they need to show fair play, to just support their team”.

He added, “I want people to remember the game for the right reasons,” he said. “I just want all the fans to watch and enjoy the match. One team will win, one will lose, but try to act with fair play”.

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