Chelsea are investigating a complaint that forward Daniel Sturridge was racially abused by a fan during the Champions League clash at Genk.
The complaint has been made by an executive club member, with the fan insisting another loudly labeled Sturridge a ‘monkey’ as the forward was preparing to come on as a substitute during Chelsea’s meeting with Genk at Cristal Arena on November 1.
Chelsea are already probing, in partnership with the police and Genk football authorities, chants from some of the Londoners’ fans during the same game referring to Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand.
Ferdinand was allegedly racially abused by Chelsea captain John Terry when the teams met in the English Premier League on October 23.
The abuse aimed towards Sturridge came from the 85-pound-a-seat section that was reserved for Chelsea’s sponsors, as well as the likes of British Airways chairman Martin Broughton and computer millionaire Peter Harrison.
The Daily Mail reports that while Sturridge was warming up, one fan in the exclusive area shouted: “They are bringing on the monkeys.”
It was enough for a fan sitting in the same section to make a formal complaint via an email sent to Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay, with the abusive supporter also accused of joining in with the Ferdinand chants.
A Chelsea spokesman said: “We have had a new complaint from a fan that we are taking very seriously indeed. We are carrying out an immediate investigation led by our head of security that is likely to involve the police as well.”
“We will not tolerate any form of racism and have encouraged our supporters to help identify those responsible and we will track them down.”