Owner Roman Abramovich wrote to every Chelsea player that he was “appalled” by the violence Reece James endured.

Over the weekend, James and Chelsea announced that on social media he had experienced racial violence.

Chelsea’s players have now been reported to have found letters from Abramovich on Monday at the training ground.

On Friday, on social media, James got offensive messages. He took screenshots of the messages and added them to his account on Instagram.

In a comment, Chelsea then expressed their “disgust.”

Abramovich has now taken the essential step of giving the players a note, promising increased support for the anti-racism activities of Chelsea.

He wrote, as reported by the Daily Mail: “I am appalled by the racist abuse targeted on social media at Reece.”

In our club and our culture, racism has no place. Our club is committed to the fight against racism, antisemitism, and bigotry of all sorts.

“It shocks me that only days after we celebrated Holocaust Memorial Day, we as a society do not seem to have learned the lessons of our shared past and the consequences that hate and discrimination can have,” Abramovich, who is Jewish, added.

After receiving racist harassment on social media on Saturday night, Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford said he was exposed to ‘humanity and social media at its worst.’ On Wednesday, January 27, Rashford’s Manchester United teammates Axel Tuanzebe and Anthony Martial also received hateful messages following the club’s loss to Sheffield United.

West Midlands Police announced on Saturday that they had arrested a man on suspicion of online ethnic bullying of West Bromwich Albion player Romaine Sawyers. The 49-year-old Kingswinford man was taken into police custody for questioning on Friday evening.

The Football Association has pledged to collaborate with the British Government and social media outlets to combat bias online following the incidents.


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