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Fans form 'Chelsea Together' to stand against racism

UNITED: Chelsea

RACIAL DISCRIMINATION in football has been a hot talking point over the past few months - and it seems the conversations are yielding progressive action as many seek to show racism the red card.

A new fan group, entitled ‘Chelsea Together’ has been set up in a bid to "oppose all forms of discrimination in and around the club", after recent alleged racist abuse and chanting at their games.

In a published mission statement, it reads: "We are Chelsea Together. We are fans united by a desire to end all forms of discrimination in and around Chelsea Football Club. Regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age or disability: we are Chelsea; and we are together."

The statement adds: "We want the use of all racist and discriminatory language - including, for the avoidance of doubt the 'Y-word' - to end immediately at Chelsea, regardless of what happens at other clubs.

"Even if it is not calculated to be racist, that does not make it any less offensive or hurtful, and it is time for it to stop."

"From fans themselves, the action we would like to see is very simple: support our club; get behind our team; and refrain from using any words or behaviour that might be perceived to discriminate against anyone based on race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age or disability."

According to BBC Sport, Chelsea Together said it has formed without involvement from the club.

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