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Chelsea FC join all voices calling for fairness, equality and meaningful change

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The fight against racism and discrimination goes on

Protests Against Police Brutality Over Death Of George Floyd Continue In NYC Photo by Pablo Monsalve/VIEWpress via Getty Images

Recent events in the United States, sparked by the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis Police and the subsequent nationwide protests, have once again exposed the sad state of our world and the massive fight we continue to face against racism, discrimination, and all forms of inequality.

It’s a fight that began centuries ago, but as much as we try to tell ourselves that it’s over, it’s clearly far from it. In fact, what it requires is more attention rather than less, which is why the events of the past week and the growing worldwide response are important. Meaningful change requires active participation.

We’ve seen this closer to home with Chelsea as well over the years, and not just in the distant past. In fact, we’ve seen it multiple times just this season, with abuse targeting Tammy Abraham, Kurt Zouma, Antonio Rüdiger, just to name a few, and shameful behavior from fans in general.

The club have been a leading light in the fight against discrimination, and that effort will hopefully continue as long as it’s necessary.

We all need to stand together, as Chelsea fans, as football fans, as human beings, as citizens of the world. True change will only come from the actions of many. The fight to stamp out racism, discrimination, and injustice close to home or on the other side of the world continues.

Be the change you want to see in the world.

Chelsea Football Club stands together with George Floyd and all victims in the fight against discrimination, brutality and injustice.

As a club, we are committed to being a part of the solution, and we are joining our voice to all those calling for fairness, equality and meaningful change.

Enough is enough. Together we are stronger.

-Chelsea FC statement