MANCHESTER police have issued a public warning to Chelsea in an effort to avoid a repeat of the racist abuse aimed at Raheem Sterling today. The Bl
MANCHESTER police have issued a public warning to Chelsea in an effort to avoid a repeat of the racist abuse aimed at Raheem Sterling today.
The Blues visit the Etihad Stadium this afternoon – the first time Chelsea and Manchester City have met since Sterling was subjected to vile taunts at Stamford Bridge.
Four Chelsea fans were arrested on allegations of racially abusing the England World Cup star during the Premier League clash in December.
And Greater Manchester Police have taken the unusual step of issuing an open warning against any repeat as supporters of the London club begin to arrive in the North-West ahead of the game.
Superintendent Steve Howard, match commander for the game, said: “We’ve been working closely with officials from MCFC in the lead up to the match on a joint operation to ensure that everyone can enjoy the game in a safe environment.
“Racism is not welcome in Greater Manchester and we will not tolerate any sort of hate both inside and outside the stadium.
“We will continue to work with our colleagues at MCFC to ensure that everyone enjoys the match on Saturday with as little disruption as possible and gets home safely having had a fantastic day.”
The unusual tweet from the GMP was aimed directly at the Blues supporters in the hope of reducing any chance of a repeat of the shocking scenes seen at Stamford Bridge when Sterling was abused while next to the fans.
It comes at a time when problems with racism at football grounds is back in the spotlight after a series of ugly incidents over the past few months.
Chelsea have been hit with a ban on fans travelling to Europe after a minority sang anti-Semitic songs during a Europa League clash in Hunagry.
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And a Tottenham supporters was arrested after throwing a banana skin at Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang during the North London derby at the Emirates.
Then footage emerged of Millwall supporters singing a racist song to Everton fans during their FA Cup fourth round clash at The Den last month.
And last week West Ham were in the dock when a video surfaced showing a supporter directing Islamophobic abuse at Liverpool star Mo Salah at the London Stadium.