The statement was released following the Blues’ 1-1 draw with Manchester United.
Chelsea have released a statement regarding the chants towards the club and supporters at Stamford Bridge during the 1-1 Premier League draw with Manchester United.
Chants from inside the stadium were heard during the clash in West London on the first day of Stonewall’s 2022/23 Rainbow Laces campaign. The campaign shows support for all LGBT people in football and beyond and fixtures across the league today had Rainbow Laces pitch flags, ball plinths, handshake boards and substitution boards.
The statement on the club’s official website read: “Chelsea Football Club released the below statement following today’s Premier League fixture with Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.
“Chelsea Football Club finds all forms of discriminatory behaviour totally unacceptable and we condemn the language used by some individuals today at Stamford Bridge.
“We are proud to be supporting Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign and today acts as proof that we must do more to make football a game for everyone.
“This year we are educating, celebrating, communicating and motivating allyship and action for our players, employees, fans and society.”
The chants were also mentioned by a LGBTQ+ Manchester United supporters club, Rainbow Devils, on Twitter, claiming to hear the chants come from the away section. They said: “It was however a disappointment to still hear some United fans singing the homophobic song aimed at Chelsea and their fans.
“We need to respect all football fans and we will continue to work to eradicate all forms of discrimination from our beautiful game.”
Manchester United Football Club are yet to comment.