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Blues complain over racial abuse

 

By Sam Hughes

Chelsea have lodged a formal complaint with Uefa over racist abuse aimed at Callum Hudson-Odoi during the closing stages of the 5-0 Europa League win away to Dynamo Kiev.

The Premier League club issued a statement yesterday highlighting the incident during the second leg on March 14, which did not name Hudson-Odoi directly.

During the last two minutes, Hudson-Odoi (18) brought the incident - understood to have been monkey chants from a small group of 'ultras' home fans - to the attention of team-mate Cesar Azpilicueta.

Shortly after the final whistle, defender Azpilicueta went up to the referee to complain about the abuse.

When Hudson-Odoi left the pitch, he told the club of the incident. Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck and club secretary David Barnard swiftly sought out the Uefa delegate and reported it.

A Chelsea club statement yesterday read: "We can confirm a report of racist abuse directed at one of our players. We wholeheartedly condemn such abhorrent behaviour.

"We expect Uefa to conduct a fulsome investigation and we will provide full co-operation."

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