Paul Canoville, Chelsea’s first black player, praises the club’s response to racist chant about Mohamed Salah

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Paul Canoville has praised Chelsea for their response to racist behaviour from their fans before the 1-0 victory over Slavia Prague.

Ahead of the Europa League quarter-final, a video emerged of travelling supporters singing a racist chant about Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah in a Czech pub.

Chelsea quickly identified the men involved and denied three of them entry to the Eden Arena for the game.

And Canoville, Chelsea’s first ever black player, was delighted with their swift and effective action.

Paul Canoville was racially abused by his OWN fans throughout his Chelsea career in the 80s

Paul Canoville was racially abused by his OWN fans throughout his Chelsea career in the 80s

“Chelsea have said they’re going to step up to eradicate racism and this is a breakthrough,” he told Jim White on talkSPORT.

“We’re not having it. We’ve seen it before they’ve come into the ground and we’ve said, ‘No, we don’t want you in the ground’.

“I’m so happy about that. That was a great move by Chelsea yesterday. I’m glad they’ve stepped up and I’m very proud of it.

“We want those people eradicated from the game. That’s not what we come to do. We come to look at the game and support our team.”

Chelsea and Liverpool both released strong statements condemning the fans involved, with Chelsea calling them an ‘embarrassment’ to the club.

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A statement read: “Chelsea FC finds all forms of discriminatory behaviour abhorrent and where there is clear evidence of Chelsea season ticket holders or members involved in such behaviour, we will take the strongest possible action against them.

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

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