Liverpool release statement on 'dangerous and disturbing' Mohamed Salah abuse video

Liverpool v Porto - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final: First Leg

Unfortunately racism is still apparent in today's game.

There have been a number of incidents of footballers being racially abused in the past few months.

A selection of England's players, including Danny Rose, were subject to racist taunts from Montenegro fans last month.

Moise Kean was then racially abused during Juventus' game against Cagliari at the start of April.

And, now, Mohamed Salah has now been the target of racial abuse.

On Thursday afternoon a video circulated online of a small group of Chelsea 'fans' singing about Salah.

Three of the six fans were banned from attending The Blues' game against Slavia Prague later on Thursday, which ended 1-0 to the English side.

Liverpool have now released a statement on the matter.

"The video circulating online, showing vile discriminatory chants being aimed at one of our players, is dangerous and disturbing," a statement on their website read.

"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.

Mohamed Salah played for Chelsea earlier on in his career

"This behaviour needs to be called out for what it is - unadulterated bigotry.

"Liverpool Football Club believes it is the responsibility of those in positions of authority, following proper process, to act urgently to identify and then punish anyone committing a hate crime.

"There is no place for this behaviour in football, there is no place for it in society.

"A crime of this nature has more victims than any individual it is aimed at and, as such, collective and decisive action is needed to address it.

"As pertains to this latest incident, the club is working with Merseyside Police to ascertain the facts around this footage with the aim of identifying individuals featuring in it.

Mohamed Salah in action against Porto

"In addition, we are working directly with Chelsea Football Club on the matter. We thank them for their condemnation and a commitment to act urgently to identify any individuals responsible."

Chelsea also released the following statement, calling those involved an 'embarrassment'.

"Chelsea FC finds all forms of discriminatory behaviour abhorrent and where there is clear evidence of Chelsea season ticket holders or members involved in such behaviour, we will take the strongest possible action against them," a statement on their website read.

"Such individuals are an embarrassment to the vast majority of Chelsea supporters who won’t tolerate them in their club."

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