Wednesday, 22 May, 2019

Liverpool Release Statement Condemning Racist Abuse Of Mohamed Salah

Mateo Kovacic should return to midfield after a good rest against West Ham Mateo Kovacic should return to midfield after a good rest against West Ham
Cary Erickson | 13 April, 2019, 02:53

A Chelsea statement at the time branded that chanting "abhorrent", saying it "shamed the club".

Egypt forward Salah, who made 13 appearances for Chelsea before leaving for Roma in 2016, is a Muslim and has previously faced abuse about his religion.

The Belgian has always been a thorn in Liverpool's side, with six goals and eight assists in his 17 appearances against Sunday's opponents, including four goals at Anfield while with Chelsea.

Chelsea prevented three people from entering the stadium after the video circulated on social media, according to the BBC, while the club are working to identify the other three involved, who did not turn up.

In a statement issued shortly after kick-off, the club pledged to take the "strongest possible action" against any season ticket holders found to have misbehaved.

Liverpool have now released a statement on the matter.

"The video circulating online, showing vile discriminatory chant being aimed at one of our players, is risky and disturbing".

"This behavior needs to be called out for what it is - unadulterated bigotry".

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"There is no place for this behaviour in football, there is no place for it in society".

"I like footballers like this, so if he plays his best game we'll have to deal with that".

Liverpool thanked Chelsea for their urgent action in a statement of their own, revealing they are already working with Merseyside Police "to ascertain the facts around this footage with the aim of identifying individuals featuring in it".

"It's much harder to try to find some mistakes or weak spots that we could use in order to get some advantage because they are a high quality".

"In the past we were not able to suffer in the hard moments of the match".

Alonso's header from an inswinging Willian cross as full-time approached wound up being the difference for Chelsea, who return home for the second leg on April 18 with an important away goal giving them the upper leg for passage to the semifinals.

"We've watched different games, especially matches where the opponents managed to get more points or put them under pressure and played very well".