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Police investigating alleged racial abuse during Liverpool-Chelsea

Clive Brunskill

Chelsea's 2-0 victory at Anfield last weekend was hardly friendly, and it didn't come as much surprise that the two supporters groups engaged in a brief contretemps outside the stadium following the match. There was plenty of vitriol exchanged on Twitter as well, including the bizarre claim that Blues supporters had defaced the Hillsborough memorial (which later turned out, thankfully, to be totally false).

And now there are allegations of racial abuse being thrown into the equation:

Merseyside Police can confirm that officers are aware of an allegation that potentially racist comments were directed towards two players during the match between Liverpool and Chelsea. No report or formal complaint has been received by the force at this time. Enquiries are being made into the circumstances surrounding the allegation.

-Source: Sky Sports.

At least one of those players is reported to be Chelsea striker Demba Ba, who scored the opening goal just before halftime. Not having been there, I can't comment about whether or not these allegations are true -- as we saw ourselves, it's very easy to make up a rumour about rival supporters behaving in disgusting fashion -- but if so I hope that Liverpool and Chelsea supporters can stand together to agree that racism isn't something we want in football and work to ban those who stoop to that sort of level.

I hate writing about this. Ugh.

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