Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has offered his support to right-back Reece James, who has recently been the target of racist abuse on social media.
James warned fans that “something has to change” after receiving a wave of racist messages towards the end of January, becoming one of many top players to be targeted for racism in recent days.
Manchester United trio Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Axel Tuanzebe were also victims, as were Romaine Sawyers of West Brom and her compatriot Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger, and Abramovich wrote a letter to his players to let them know that he is. had seen enough.
“I am appalled by the racist abuse targeted at Reece on social media,” the owner wrote (via the Daily Mail). “Racism has no place in our club or in our society.
“Our club is committed to fighting racism, anti-Semitism and all forms of discrimination. I want you to know that as players you all have my support and that of the club.
Chelsea are one of the loudest sides when it comes to fighting discrimination. Abramovich regularly campaigns against issues such as anti-Semitism and homophobia, and the Chelsea owner added he was ready to fund another effort to end racism.
“We cannot allow this to continue unchecked,” he continued. “So I have asked the board of directors to further increase the club’s efforts in this area and I will personally direct more funds to this important work. We will present our actions as a club in the coming days.
“I want Chelsea Football Club to do more to fight discrimination in our club, in our communities and in the world around us. Rest assured that we will play a leading role in this vital work and demonstrate that football is an open sport. all.”
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