Chelsea and Liverpool condemn racist Salah chants

Three turned away from Chelsea game after racist Salah song

France worldwide and Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has backed Egyptian global and Liverpool star Mohamed Salah after a group of Blues fans linked him up with a bomber in a social media post.

Chelsea have been praised for their swift response to racist chanting aimed at Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah.

"On his day, he can be the world's best immediately", Klopp said in his pre-match press conference. "It's another example of something that should not happen".

"The best way to try to make sure he can not shine as he is able to is to avoid passes to him, react a little bit better maybe than other teams did".

"It's still only a few people doing it, but the stronger the reaction is from all of us, the more it will help to avoid things like this in the future".

"If you do something like that, you should not be allowed to enter a stadium again, in my view, for life".

Then Chelsea condemned anti-Semitic chanting by Blues fans during the club's 2-2 Europa League draw at MOL Vidi on December 13.

"Go in each dressing room, and you find them all there sitting there together, next to each other and nobody cares about where he's coming from, who his parents were".

Three of the six who were identified were barred from Thursday's game with Slavia Prague.

Thursday's storm in the Czech capital has put Chelsea under renewed scrutiny, after a number of other racism controversies this season.

Chelsea famously effectively ended Liverpool's hopes of the title in April 2014 when they won 2-0 at Anfield.

"The video circulating online, showing vile discriminatory chants being aimed at one of our players, is risky and disturbing", the club said.

Klopp's side are still on top of the table and just a point ahead of closest rivals Manchester City but have played a game more.

The incident is especially sensitive as Liverpool host Chelsea on Sunday in a match with huge implications in the Premier League title race and the battle to finish in the top four.

The game will be Jurgen Klopp's 200th in charge of Liverpool - with his first ever win as Reds boss being a 3-1 victory at Chelsea, all the way back in October 2015.

Talking to Sky Sports, Merson said: "I'm not sure if Eden Hazard's going to play as the Europa League is a massive competition for Chelsea". "You can tell all the fans out there to ignore it".

Liverpool face the London club at Anfield on Sunday in a key game in their chase for the title, but the club are marking the 30th anniversary of the disaster, which falls on Monday, with a minute's silence before kick-off, and fans in both the Kop and the Sir Kenny Dalglish Stands will reveal special "96" and "30 years" mosaics in honour of the victims.

"I'm really not saying it's easy, because when he has the ball it's already pretty much too late". Anyone who wants to talk to any of my players about what happened years ago - don't do it.



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