The Capital One Cup final is coming up this Sunday, and the eyes of a fair chunk of the world will be watching Chelsea take on Tottenham Hotspur to see who comes away with the first major trophy of the season. Unfortunately, a lot of those eyes will have a couple of unsavoury incidents from last week in mind.
After what happened at Richelieu-Drouot metro station and the subsequent furore, most observers were hoping that Chelsea would take a more pro-active stance against racism, and the match against Spurs is a good chance to remind those who follow the team that discrimination of any type will not be tolerated. The Blues have done just that, issuing a stern warning against using anti-Semitic language at Wembley:
For a small minority, this game has historically brought a deeply unpleasant and unwanted level of anti-Semitic abuse, which has no place in football or anywhere in society. As such, we urge everyone to keep their support positive.
Opposition supporters using terms as a form of identity is no excuse for abusive chanting or behaviour. The club asks that all supporters realise such actions cause huge offence to those around them.
If we receive evidence that supporters have engaged in anti-Semitic or any other form of discriminatory chanting or behaviour, we will take the strongest possible action, including supporting criminal prosecution.
Hopefully we won't be hearing about any untoward behaviour after the match.