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Mohamed Salah: UK police investigate ‘disturbing’ fan chants

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The video, which circulated before the London club's Europa League quarterfinal first leg match with Slavia Prague on Thursday, appears to shows Chelsea fans in a bar chanting "Salah is a bomber." Three Chelsea fans in the video were reportedly identified by the club and prevented from entering Slavia's stadium on Thursday. A spokesperson for Merseyside Police, which serves the Liverpool area, said officers were "currently investigating the publication of a number of offensive Tweets made in relation to a Liverpool footballer.""The language used in the Tweets is abhorrent and we are taking the reports extremely seriously. Detectives from Merseyside Police are linking in with the Metropolitan Police Service in relation to the latest Tweet and we understand a number of individuals who are currently in Prague for the Slavia Prague v Chelsea Champions League game have been identified and have had their match tickets rescinded for this evening's fixture."Liverpool host Chelsea in a Premier League game on Sunday, with Jurgen Klopp's side needing to win in their bid to win the title, while defeat for the London team would dent their hopes of qualifying for the Champions LeagueA statement on Liverpool's website described the video as "dangerous and disturbing."It continued: "Already this season, we have seen repulsive discriminatory abuse inside stadiums in England, Europe and across the world; abuse that was captured on devices and put into the public domain. We have also witnessed numerous hateful attacks on social media."This behaviour needs to be called out for what it is — unadulterated bigotry."READ: Weapons seized as 140 arrested prior to UCL match

'Strongest possible action'

A statement from Chelsea made no specific reference to the incident but described "all forms of discriminatory behavior abhorrent" and stated that it would take "the strongest possible action" against any Chelsea season ticket holders or members involved in such behavior."Such individuals are an embarrassment to the vast majority of Chelsea supporters who won't tolerate them in their club," the statement added.Chelsea suspended four fans who appeared to racially abuse Manchester City striker Raheem Sterling in December and has generally sought to take a tough line on incidents of racism or bigotry among its supporters in recent years. The club was also forced to condemn fans who "shamed the club" by chanting anti-semitic songs during a Europa League match with MOL Vidi in Hungary late last year. In 2015, Chelsea fans were filmed preventing a black man from entering a train in the Paris metro prior to a Champions League match with Paris Saint-Germain. The video also showed fans chanting: We're racist, we're racist, and that's the way we like it." READ: How Raheem Sterling took on racists

Monkey chants

The issue of racist and anti-semitic chanting has blighted a number of high profile matches in Europe in recent weeks.Chelsea's London rivals Arsenal confirmed to CNN on Friday that it would be launching an investigation after after a Snapchat video emerged of a supporter racially abusing Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly during Thursday's Europa League tie at the Emirates Stadium. The video, shot during the game from inside the stadium appears to show a supporter using the 'n- word' to refer to Koulibaly with the word also written across the screen. "We utterly condemn use of this type of racist language and have launched an investigation to identify the culprit." an Arsenal statement read. Read More – Source