A video has circled around social media that shows Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn receiving sectarian abuse by at least one Chelsea supporter, and the club have released a statement
Chelsea have announced that they are working to identify the person who hurled abusive language at Aston Villa’s John McGinn at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
It was almost the perfect day for Chelsea, as their side ran out 3-0 winners against Dean Smith’s side to continue their unbeaten run in the Premier League.
However, a video circulated on social media of a fan using language of a sectarian nature aimed at the Villa midfielder, whilst the Scotland international was taking a corner kick.
Romelu Lukaku finally scored his first goal at Stamford Bridge on his 15th attempt at the legendary ground, but unfortunately a different story has captured the headlines.
McGinn was abused by the fan while taking a corner right in front of the Chelsea fans at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, and a video appeared to show at least one Blues supporter aiming sectarian insults at the midfielder.
Chelsea released an official statement on Monday stating: “We are aware of a video circulating on social media showing an individual using abusive language of a sectarian nature in the crowd at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
“Chelsea Football Club finds all forms of discriminatory behaviour totally unacceptable and we condemn the language used.
The Club is working to identify the person involved and will take the strongest possible action against them. Any supporter who was present in that area of the ground and has information that can assist the Club’s investigation should contact the Club via our discrimination reporting line.”
Villa released a statement of their own following the incident, and thanked Chelsea for launching an investigation into the abuse of their midfielder.
Their statement read: “Aston Villa are grateful to our friends at Chelsea FC for their swift and decisive action in both condemning the bigotry aimed at John McGinn at Stamford Bridge and in launching an investigation to identify the culprit.”
The unsavoury scenes masked what should’ve been a celebratory affair for Chelsea, as Lukaku scored a brace to inspire his side to a 3-0 victory over a spirited Villa side, but the off-field action has taken attention away from the result.
McGinn himself did not react to the abuse but former Chelsea midfielder Pat Nevin, who still works for the Blues and writes for the club website reacted to the video on Twitter.
Nevin said: “I’ve just received video of vile sectarian comments aimed at the fabulous John McGinn at Stamford Bridge. Heading there now for tomorrow’s game and will talk to the club. You get vile abuse from many fans of many clubs, but this is NO excuse! I hope and expect investigations!”
A Chelsea spokesman originally confirmed that the club were aware of the incident and were investigating the incident, saying: “The club is looking into the post and whether the individual can be identified.”
However, this has now been accelerated and the club is now actively working to identify the aggressor and take the strongest action possible against the Chelsea fan.