Chelsea announce permanent ban for supporter who racially abused Raheem Sterling

Chelsea announced on Tuesday that they had given a supporter a life ban from attending Stamford Bridge after allegations of racist abuse during the London side Premier League match against Manchester City in December 2018.
Five other fans have also been excluded from the west London stadium for up to two years for abuse at the same fixture.
Criminal charges against the supporters involved in the attack were dropped; however, Chelsea opted to hand down sanctions after completing their investigation against the fans.
A video of fans directing abuse at Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling was displayed on social media and the events, together with a separate attack on Arsenal Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in December 2018, sparked fresh debate into the existence of racism in football.
“The club delayed reaching its decision in these cases to ensure that it did not prejudice the related police investigation,” the club said in a statement.
The Blues also confirmed supporters who received a shorter sentence did so because of providing undertakings about their future behaviour.
Chelsea said all the relevant fans had the opportunity to appeal and that appeals were heard. The club also added they would continue to operate a zero-tolerance approach to any incidents of racism.
Sterling, along with several other black players, was also subjected to racist abuse while playing for England in Montenegro in April.

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