Chelsea dragged to High Court by ex-players who claim racist abuse damages

Chelsea dragged to High Court by ex-players who claim racist abuse damages

- Chelsea have been dragged to court by some of their ex-players

- They claim they suffered racial abuses during their time at the London club

- The Blues have stated that their insurers are dealing with the situation

A group of former players of Premier League side Chelsea has dragged the club to court seeking damages for racist abuse suffered while at the team in the 1980s and 1990s.

Chelsea have been forced to issue a public appeal after it was discovered that a former employee at the club Gwyn Williams had attacked players as young as 12 with explicit racist abuse.

Although Chelsea lawyers have denied liability, the group has gone ahead to court in a bid to seek redress of the situation.

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According to top outlet The Athletic, legal firm Keoghs is doing everything possible for the claimants to direct the case at the individual involved and not the club.

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It was gathered that Williams, who spent 27 years at Stamford Bridge in a range of positions has however denied any wrongdoings.

One player said: To date, I have not received an apology from them.”

Chelsea however in a statement noted that the matter is not in their own hands as their insurers are dealing with it through their own lawyers.

“In August 2019, Chelsea FC published an independent review into non-recent racial abuse, which took place in the 1980s and 1990s.

“The board of Chelsea FC also apologised to all players who experienced this deeply shocking behaviour and has offered support to all those who suffered," the club said in a statement.

Chelsea taken to High Court by ex-players who claim racist abuse damaged them

Chelsea players partake in a training session at the Stamford Bridge. Photo Credit: Getty Images
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However, earlier reported that Chelsea are gearing up for their return to action in the Premier League following a 1-0 win over Championship side Reading in a warm-up friendly.

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With a week-and-half left to play their remaining matches in the top-flight division, Frank Lampard's side defeated the second-tier club with a lone goal coming from Pedro Rodriguez.

N'Golo Kante returned to the team after initially refusing to train due to the spread of coronavirus and the likes of Christian Pulisic, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Billy Gilmour were also on parade.

Olivier Giroud, Tammy Abraham, Ceasar Azpilicueta, Willian, Matteo Kovacic and Emerson were also in action in the warm-up game.

Chelsea's loanee Matt Miazga featured for the opposing team while former Stamford Bridge bred John Swift was also in Reading's ranks.

Lampard's side are in strong contention for a top-four finish in the current campaign but will have to face stiff competition from London rivals Tottenham and Manchester United.

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