Roman Abramovich “Appalled,” Pens Support For Reece James After He Was Racially Abused

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Roman Abramovich "Appalled," Pens Support For Reece James After He Was Racially Abused
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Roman Abramovich “Appalled,” Pens Support For Reece James After He Was Racially Abused

Chelsea owner, Roman Abramovich has thrown his weight behind his players, penning a message of support to Reece James and the first-team players after the right-back was racially abused on social media.

Roman Abramovich, 54, made the rare move, stating he will increase funding to help the club tackle racial discrimination.

Several players has recently become target of racist abuse on social media, promoting outcry and serious responses from authorities.

Last week, West Brom contacted the police over an alleged racist message sent to midfielder Romaine Sawyers.

Also Manchester United players Axel Tuanzebe, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial were also racially abused on social media after last Wednesday’s home defeat by Sheffield United.

In the letter addressed to all Chelsea players, Abramovich wrote,

“I am appalled by the racist abuse targeted at Reece on social media,”

“We cannot allow this to continue unchecked.”

“I know that several of our players have been the targets of hate and discrimination on social media.

“It shocks me that only days after we commemorated Holocaust Memorial Day, we as a society do not seem to have learned the lessons of our shared past and the consequences that hate and discrimination can have.

“I have directed the board to further increase the club’s efforts in this area and I will personally direct more funds towards this important work. We will be setting out our actions as a club in the coming days.”

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