According to reports, Chelsea will deploy their own stewards at Wembley during the Carabao Cup semi-final against Spurs. Chelsea have decided to do this in order to deter the travelling fans from singing anti-semitic chants.
According to a report in The Times, the Stewards will have access to Wembley’s CCTV footage and will use it to identify and eject anyone who is indulging in anti-semitic behaviour.
Chelsea fans have history when it comes to anti-semitic chants in previous games against Tottenham. Some Blues fans have used the Y-word in a derogatory fashion on several occasions when the two sides have met.
This move also comes on the back of Chelsea having to apologise for some of their fans’ discriminatory chants and behaviour multiple times over the past several weeks. Some Chelsea fans were accused of singing anti-semitic songs in a Europa League match against MOL Vidi in Budapest last month, an incident which triggered an investigation by UEFA.
Additionally, a few Chelsea fans were alleged to have shouted racist abuse at Manchester City attacker Raheem Sterling when the sides met at Stamford Bridge earlier in the season.
It makes perfect sense for Chelsea to proactively try and make sure their fans do not engage in any kind of discriminatory chanting or abuse at Wembley.
Let’s hope that after the game, the talking point would be what took place on the pitch, rather than in the stands.
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