Chelsea fans face bans over Mohamed Salah chant


Chelsea FC will return to Premier League action on Sunday afternoon when they travel to Anfield to take on table-toppers Liverpool FC.

A minute's silence will be held before kick-off in memory of the 96 people who died at the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest on April 15, 1989. "It was a very strong decision and I think it's right". Anyone who wants to talk to any of my players about what happened years ago - don't do it.

'But for our supporters it's a great opportunity. It is really a very good opportunity for our fans.

Leaders Liverpool have 82 points, two more than City in second, although Pep Guardiola's team have a game in hand.

When asked about the video after the match - a 1-0 Chelsea victory - Blues manager Maurizio Sarri declined to comment.

"Such individuals are an embarrassment to the vast majority of Chelsea supporters who won't tolerate them in their club".

Anti-racism organisation Kick It Out posted the footage on Twitter alongside a short message: "It's not on the terraces, but it's still a disgrace".

Liverpool also issued a statement in light of this development branding the incident as "dangerous and disturbing".

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However, Olivier Giroud stated that the club is 100% behind Mohamed Salah and will do all they can to protect him ahead of their weekend clash.

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"We should not see it as a Chelsea thing or a Liverpool thing".

"They are unsafe, especially on crosses where they attack the box with five or six players, and are risky on counter-attacks".

Asked how he plans to stop the Belgium global, Klopp said: "We will try to make sure he doesn't shine by reading the game and reading passes to him, reacting a little better".

Ex-Chelsea forward Salah, Player of the Year in England last season and victor of the African Footballer of the Year award for the second time in a row in January, is of Muslim faith.

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