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UEFA to take no action over racism video

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While the fans caught on that video yesterday could face significant consequences if legal action from English and French police is successful -- the Guardian reports that it those responsible could face at least three years in prison and a fine of €45,000, a buttock-clenching sum -- it sounds like Chelsea themselves are unlikely to face official sanctions from on high despite the behaviour of a small minority of supports.

Here's what UEFA have to say about the incident.

Uefa condemns all forms of discrimination and we are appalled by the incident which took place in the Paris métro on Tuesday. However, as it occurred away from the stadium, it is outside Uefa’s remit to act. It is a matter for the local authorities to investigate further and Uefa supports any action that is taken.

Source: Guardian.

That's obviously good news, but it's important not to cast this as a victory for the club. While we've avoided financial consequences from UEFA, the PR damage is clearly significant, and the shame that most Chelsea supporters felt after seeing that video is going to be very difficult to wash away. The club itself is rightfully working with police to help bring this matter to an acceptable conclusion, but I'd hope that we also go further in our efforts to combat racism. A message from the manager and players certainly wouldn't hurt, for instance -- and nor would one from the match-going supporters at Stamford Bridge this weekend.