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Men's Football Chelsea complain to Uefa over alleged racist abuse during European match

CHELSEA lodged a formal complaint with Uefa today over racist abuse aimed at Callum Hudson-Odoi during the closing stages of the 5-0 Europa League win away to Dynamo Kiev.

The Premier League club issued a statement on highlighting the incident during the second leg on March 14, which did not name Hudson-Odoi directly.

During the last two minutes of the match, winger Hudson-Odoi, 18, brought the incident — which is understood to have been monkey chants from a small group of “ultras” home supporters in the corner of the end Chelsea were attacking — to the attention of teammate Cesar Azpilicueta.

Shortly after the final whistle, defender Azpilicueta went up to the referee to complain about the abuse.

When Hudson-Odoi left the pitch, he told the club of the incident. Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck and club secretary David Barnard swiftly sought out the Uefa delegate and reported it to him.

A Chelsea club statement read: “We can confirm a report of racist abuse directed at one of our players in the final minutes of the match in Kiev from a small section of home supporters. We wholeheartedly condemn such abhorrent behaviour.

“The matter was reported to the referee at the final whistle and the chairman and club secretary spoke to the Uefa match delegate immediately after the match.

“We expect Uefa to conduct a fulsome investigation and we will provide full co-operation.”

With the matter included in both the referee’s report and being highlighted to UEFA, the governing body is now set to investigate.

Uefa are yet to comment.

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