Chelsea call police after fans allegedly heard making racist remarks over Anton Ferdinand

Police to investigate alleged racist remarks over Ferdinand by Chelsea fans

Chelsea have called in the police to track down fans allegedly heard making racist remarks about Anton Ferdinand as they travelled on a train back from Norwich on Saturday.

The club acted quickly to contact the authorities after a comment was made on Twitter about a small number of fans who are alleged to have made disparaging remarks about the QPR defender.

British transport police are working closely with the club to try and identify the fans in question.

Race row: John Terry (centre right) is set to appear in court to answer accusations that he made racist remarks to QPR defender Anton Ferdinand (second left)

Race row: John Terry (centre right) is set to appear in court to answer
accusations that he made racist remarks to Anton Ferdinand
(second left)

Chelsea's strong stance comes with Ferdinand set to come face-to-face with club captain John Terry next Saturday for the first time since the race row which has led to Terry facing a court appearance.

Terry is due in West London Magistrates' Court to answer allegations he made a racist comment to Ferdinand when the teams met three months ago. Terry denies the charge.

A club statement released on Saturday night said: 'Chelsea Football Club is concerned to hear that a small number of fans travelling back by train from Norwich were alleged to be involved in racist chants and comment.

'We are working to help the relevant authorities identify those responsible and will take the strongest possible action should these allegations prove to be true.

'The club, like the overwhelming majority of our fans, strongly believe that all forms of discrimination are abhorrent and have absolutely no place in society.'

Firing blanks: Chelsea were held to a 0-0 draw by Norwich on Saturday

Firing blanks: Chelsea were held to a 0-0 draw by Norwich on Saturday

Chelsea were held to a disappointing 0-0 draw by Norwich at Carrow Road on Saturday afternoon.