Chelsea are investigating allegations of sectarian abuse targeting Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn by a member of the Stamford Bridge crowd.
Scotland international McGinn, 26, played the full 90 minutes for Villa on Saturday as he lost 3-0 to Chelsea.
In a statement posted on their website, Chelsea said: “We are aware of a video circulating on social media showing an individual using abusive language of a sectarian nature in the crowd at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
“Chelsea Football Club finds all forms of discriminatory behavior totally unacceptable and we condemn the language used.
“The club are making every effort to identify the person involved and will take the strongest possible action against them. Any supporter who was present in this area of the pitch and who has information that may assist the club’s investigation should contact the club. club through our discrimination hotline 0207 3863355. “
Aston Villa is grateful to our friends at Chelsea FC for their swift and decisive action in both condemning bigotry targeting John McGinn at Stamford Bridge and launching an investigation to identify the culprit. https://t.co/LElpCeQHRe
– Villa Aston (@AVFCOfficial) September 13, 2021
A statement from Aston Villa read: “Aston Villa is grateful to our friends at Chelsea FC for their swift and decisive action both in condemning bigotry targeting John McGinn at Stamford Bridge and in launching an investigation to identify the culprit.
“Aston Villa will fully support this investigation. Both clubs have zero tolerance for the scourge of discrimination in all its forms when it occurs in our stadiums.”
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