Chelsea Women manager Emma Hayes has opined that just handing out stadium bans to fans who engage in racism is not enough and won’t do much to stop the ugly trend.
Chelsea fans were yet again in the news for the wrong reasons in less than a week after a set of fans were accused of making anti-Semitic chants in the Europa League game against Mol Vidi in Hungary on Thursday.
The club were recently forced to suspend four fans who allegedly aimed racial abuse at England international Raheem Sterling in Manchester City’s loss to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last Sunday.
Speaking on The Debate, Hayes opined: “The club have spent an awful lot of time with a combination of organisations especially with Kick It Out to work through a lot of anti-Semitic work and to stamp such behaviour out.
“I know from being inside the club, this is behaviour that the club will not tolerate and nor should it.
“I think part of Chelsea’s methodology is to not just ban fans and remove them from the stadium, because that doesn’t remove the problem.
“It’s making sure that we rehabilitate fans and we get them to understand the damage and the extent of their actions.
“Football and some of the vitriolic behaviour in the stands make it incredibly difficult for most fans to be at games.
“We’re talking about a minority of fans here, but we have to make an example of them by making sure that they are made aware of their actions, and they are incriminated in a way that is fitting.
“I know for Chelsea, and the owner in particular, this is something that he feels very strong about and I believe that the club are taking the right measures to ensure this is something that is very difficult to tolerate.”