Chelsea and the Metropolitan Police are investigating after an incident of alleged racist abuse was highlighted on social media on Saturday.
A Chelsea spokesman said: ‘We’re aware of reports and video footage. We will investigate the matter and take the strongest possible action where necessary.’
The Met Police are investigating an incident of alleged racist abuse towards Raheem Sterling
Supporters at Stamford Bridge appeared to shout abuse at the Manchester City forward
The Met Police said: ‘We are aware of a video circulating online in which it is claimed racial abuse was allegedly directed at a player at a Chelsea v Manchester City game at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, December 8.
‘We will review the footage to determine whether any offences have been committed.’
No arrests have been made, the Met added.
Some big names in the world of football took to Twitter in response to the video, in which a spectator is alleged to be abusing Sterling and appears to mouth the phrase ‘f****** black c***’ towards him.
Ex-Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand made his views known on social media, tweeting: ‘Are we going to continue to allow this type of racist behaviour go on??? All for kicking a ball!’
Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright also weighed in, saying: ‘The bad old days are back! Chelsea you have been shamed by this disgusting racist fan! absolutely no doubt about what he says.’
Ex-Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand also made his views known about the video on social media, tweeting: ‘Are we going to continue to allow this type of racist behaviour go on??? All for kicking a ball!’
Match of the Day host Gary Lineker branded the incident ‘despicable’ while BT Sport presenter Jake Humphrey said: ‘If indeed it is proved to be racist abuse then I hope it’s a lifetime ban. No place for it in this world.’
Chelsea are seeking to establish the facts of the incident.
Should any offence have been made, a life ban could be handed to the supporter or supporters responsible.