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Chelsea ready to take action against offensive Arsene Wenger t-shirts

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Chelsea are preparing to take action to close down unofficial retailers that have been selling offensive T-shirts outside Stamford Bridge on match-days, according to The Times.

Arsenal and Tottenham have both been targeted by the vile merchandisers, who have depicted club icons Arsene Wenger and Harry Kane in offensive imagery.

One T-shirt shows Kane dressed up as a Hasidic Jew with the slogan: “He’s one of your own”. It pays reference to a racial stereotype assigned to Tottenham fans, who regularly face anti-semitic chants from opposing fans.

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The other shows Wenger wearing hotpants and is coupled with the slogan: “With a pack of sweets and a cheeky smile”, which references an inglorious chant that accuses the Frenchman of being a paedophile.

Chelsea have teams of people who regularly scout Fulham Road in the hunt for unofficial merchandise, but this is mainly designed to keep breaches in copyright to a minimum. Up until now, the T-shirts have largely gone unnoticed.

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Crackdown

Indeed, the staff have yet to even see the T-shirts in question while they have also evaded local trading standards officers, who also maintain a presence in the west London area. However, Chelsea have now made a point that they will be actively looking to shut down traders offering the T-shirts.

Arsenal and Tottenham have both been told about the T-shirts and have, too, reiterated their firm stance on offensive and unofficial merchandise being sold around the Emirates Stadium and White Hart Lane respectively.

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'Hugely disappointing'

Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust spokesperson, Katrina Law, told the same report: “It’s hugely disappointing that in 2016 anyone could think this was acceptable.

“There’s often an edge to football humour but there is also a line which we’re sure the vast majority of Chelsea fans would recognise. We trust appropriate actions will be taken by Hammersmith and Fulham Council Trading Standards and by Chelsea.”

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