Chelsea have promised to take action against a supporter pictured apparently making a racist gesture at Tottenham forward Son Heung-min, branding them an “idiot” who has brought shame on the club.
Footage emerged from Sunday’s 2-2 draw of a member of the crowd pulling the corners of his eyes at the South Korea international, who was taking a corner at the Shed End of the ground.
The fan could face a ban from attending matches if they are found, with Chelsea insisting they have a zero-tolerance policy on racism.
“Chelsea Football Club finds any form of discriminatory behaviour totally abhorrent,” read a statement from the club.
“It has no place at Chelsea or in any of our communities. Chelsea FC has consistently made its zero-tolerance position on discriminatory behaviour very clear, yet there are still idiots like this that attach themselves to this club as so-called ‘fans’, which shames Chelsea FC, our coaches, players, staff and our true supporters.
“We are investigating this incident and, if identified, this individual will face the strongest action from the club.”
Chelsea forward Raheem Sterling spoke last week about the abuse he suffered while playing at Stamford Bridge for Manchester City before moving to his new club this summer. The England international says he would sit down with the man who was given a lifetime ban.
For the Spurs match, Chelsea had showcased their initiative in the No To Hate campaign to make it easier for spectators to report alleged abuses. The back of every seat at Stamford Bridge now has instructions on how to report incidents of abuse, either by text or by barcode on a smartphone.
Son was taken off in the 79th minute of the fixture, with Tottenham grabbing a last-gasp equaliser through Harry Kane's goal.