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Chelsea face racism allegations

ACCUSED: (L-R) Graham RiX and Gwyn Williams, pictured at the 2000 FA Cup final with Chelsea. (Photo credit: Neal Simpson/Empics Sport)

CHELSEA ARE facing racism allegations made against two of the club’s ex-coaches by three former youth team players, including name-calling and an incident where hot coffee was thrown in one of their faces.

According to The Guardian, former youth team coaches Graham Rix and Gwyn Williams are alleged to have racially abused the black players during the 1990s.

When approached by the BBC, Rix declined to comment. Williams has followed suit, when asked for an official response by another publication.

In a statement Chelsea said they are taking the claims "extremely seriously".

It added: "We are absolutely determined to do the right thing, to fully support those affected, assist the authorities and support their investigations."

The statement was read out by Steve Atkins, Chelsea's director of communications, at the club manager Antonio Conte's news conference today.

This comes less than a week after four Chelsea fans were convicted for racist violence, following an incident in February 2015 where a black commuter was pushed off a Métro carriage in Paris, as they chanted: “We’re racist, we’re racist, and that’s the way we like it.”

This story is developing.

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