Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has written to every single player at the club, telling them he is pumping more money into their anti-racism fight after Reece James was subjected to vile racial abuse last week.
Abramovich wrote a personal letter to all of the players, saying he was “appalled” at the abuse James suffered when he posted on his Instagram a photo of him in training, preparing for Sunday’s game against the Clarets.
The right-back posted a screenshot of racist messages he had been sent with the caption “something needs to change.”
The club responded to that on Friday by releasing a statement of their own, saying: “Everyone at Chelsea FC is disgusted with the racist abuse Reece James received on social media on Friday evening.
“This club finds racism and all forms of discriminatory behaviour completely unacceptable. We totally condemn it.
“In sport, as in wider society, we must create a social media environment where hateful and discriminatory actions are as unacceptable online as they would be on the street.
“We add our voice to those urging social media platforms and regulatory authorities to take stronger, more effective and more urgent action against this despicable behaviour.
“Something needs to change and it needs to change now.”
The letter Roman Abramovich wrote to the Chelsea players
(Image: Mike Keegan/Twitter – Daily Mail)
Now Blues owner Abramovich has personally responded as well as he vows to fund the club’s message.
In the letter, the Russian owner said: “I am appalled by the racist abuse targeted at Reece on social media. Racism has no place in our club noir in our society.
“Our club is comitted to fighting racism, anti-semitism and all forms of doscrimination. I want you to know that as players you all have my and the club’s absolute support.
“We cannot allow this to continue unchecked. I have therefore directed the board to further increase the club’s…