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Chelsea Investigate Sturridge Racism Claims

15/11/2011
Chelsea Football Club have announced that they will be launching a full investigation into claims that England striker Daniel Sturridge was subjected to racist taunts by one of his own fans during the team’s Champions League clash with Genk.

The club’s chief executive Ron Gourlay confirmed that he had received a complaint via email from a Chelsea fan who had been sitting close to the supporter when he allegedly made the racist remarks towards Sturridge nearly a fortnight ago.

Sturridge, who is set to make his full England debut tonight against Sweden, is yet to comment on the incident, though a Chelsea spokesman has told the Guardian that the claims were being taken “very seriously” and that an investigation would be launched.

“We are carrying out an immediate investigation led by our head of security that is likely to involve police as well,” the spokesman confirmed. “We will not tolerate any form of racism and have encouraged supporters to help identify those responsible.”

The latest racism allegation comes at a bad time for the club in the midst of the media furore surrounding club captain John Terry’s alleged comments to QPR defender Anton Ferdinand, so if the allegations prove to be true it is likely that the fan in question will be dealt with in a very serious manner.
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