UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Chelsea after investigating the Premier League giants over recent allegations of racist chanting during a Europa League game in Hungary in December.
Chelsea fans were allegedly engaged in racist chanting during the club's 2-2 UEFA Europa League draw with MOL Vidi in Budapest on December 13.
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Now, following a UEFA investigation into the allegations, European football's governing body have decided to open disciplinary proceedings that could potentially result in a partial closure of their Stamford Bridge stadium for an unspecified number of future European ties.
A statement from the London club condemned the chants from sections of their support during the match, saying: “Anti-Semitism and any kind of racial or religious hatred are abhorrent to this club and the overwhelming majority of our fans.”
The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body are expected to meet on February 28 to come to a decision on an appropriate punishment for Chelsea, with UEFA rules including provision for a possible stadium closure option for future matches in European competition.
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Article 14 of the UEFA's regulations says: “If a club's supporters engage in the behaviour that insults the human dignity of a person or group of persons on whatever grounds, including skin colour, race, religion or ethnic origin, the member association or club responsible is punished with a minimum of a partial stadium closure.”
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