Roman Abramovich makes racism vow to Chelsea stars in private letter to squad

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Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich wrote to each player personally after defender Reece James suffered racial abuse on social media. James was the latest Premier League player to be subject to vile abuse after Romaine Sawyers, Axel Tuanzebe and Anthony Martial also suffered racist attacks online.

Abramovich vowed that Chelsea would continue to do everything possible to challenge discrimination.

The Russian billionaire wrote to every player individually over the weekend after James was racially abused.

The defender shared an image on Instagram of a vile tirade of messages he had received in his direct messages.

James posted the image with the caption: “Something has to change!” before tweeting: No room for RACISM!!”.

The young defender was the latest Premier League player to receive racist abuse after Sawyers, Tuanzebe and Martial were all targeted.

Police confirmed a 49-year-old man had been arrested after abusing West Brom star Sawyers on social media.

And Abramovich insisted the club would remain committed to fighting racism and discrimination.

In his letter, which he sent to all players, he also confirmed the club would be taking action, and would set out their plans immediately.

“I am appalled by the racist abuse targeted at Reece on social media,” Abramovich wrote.

“Racism has no place in our club nor in our society. Our club is committed to fighting racism, antisemitism and all forms of discrimination.

“I want you to know that as players you have my and the club’s absolute support.

“The racist abuse targeted at Reece follows a number of recent incidents and I know that several of our players have been the targets of hate and discrimination on social media.

“It shocks me that only days after we commemorated 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. We cannot allow this to continue unchecked.

“I have therefore directed the board to further increase the club’s efforts in this area and I will personally direct more funds towards this important work. We will be setting out our actions as a club in the coming days.

“I want Chelsea Football Club to do more to challenge discrimination at our club, in our communities and in the world around us.

“Rest assured that we will play a leading role in this vital work and demonstrate that football is a sport that is open to all.”

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