Chelsea have suspended four fans who allegedly hurled racist abuse at Raheem Sterling and have confirmed they are assisting the police in their investigation.
The club have trawled through CCTV images from inside Stamford Bridge, as well as TV footage, to identify a supporter who appeared to call Sterling a f***ing black c*** in the first half of Saturdays Premier League clash between Chelsea and Manchester City.
Chelsea have passed on the fans details to the police, and have now confirmed that three more supporters have also been suspended.
A club statement read: Chelsea Football Club has suspended four people from attending Chelsea matches pending further investigations into allegations regarding the behaviour of supporters towards Raheem Sterling during our match against Manchester City on Saturday.
Our investigations into this matter are ongoing. We are fully supporting the police investigation and any information we gather will be passed on to them.
Chelsea Football Club finds all forms of discriminatory behaviour abhorrent and if there is evidence of ticket holders taking part in any racist behaviour, the club will issue severe sanctions, including bans. We will also fully support any criminal prosecutions.
Sterling opened up about the incident on social media, as well as hitting out at what he claimed was racist treatment from the media in the way young black players are depicted.
He wrote on Sunday: Good morning. I just want to say I am not normally the person to talk a lot but when I think I need my point to [be] heard I will speak up.
Regarding what was said at the Chelsea game as you can see by my reaction I just had to laugh because I dont expect no better.
For example you have two young players starting out there careers both play for the same team, both have done the right thing which is buy a new house for their mothers who have put in a lot of time and love into helping them get where they are.
But look how the newspapers get their message across for the young black player and then for the young white player.
I think this is unacceptable both innocents have not done a thing wrong but just by the way it has been worded. This young black kid is looked at in a bad light.
It helps fuel racism and aggressive behaviours, so for all the newspapers that dont understand why people are racist in this day and age all I have to say is have a second though about fair publicity and give all players an equal chance.
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