Chelsea back investigation into racism allegations against two former coaches

A racist culture existed at Chelsea for years according to former youth player Nathan Blake

A racist culture existed at Chelsea for years according to former youth player Nathan Blake

The article, published yesterday, claims three former youth-team players at Chelsea have launched legal claims against the club as a result of their treatment by Rix and Williams during the 1990s. Chelsea said it would cooperate with any investigations into allegations of racism and bullying made against former coaches.

Rix and Williams allegedly oversaw a "feral environment" where black youth players were treated "like a race of dogs", according to a report in the Guardian.

Eddie Johns, the solicitor representing Rix and Williams, released a statement on his clients' behalf saying: "Our clients deny all and any allegations of racial or other abuse". The allegations have also been looked into by the Metropolitan Police after they were reported last February but no action has been taken by the force.

The statement was read out by Chelsea's director of communications, Steve Atkins, in manager Antonio Conte's news conference ahead of today's Premier League match at home against Leicester City. Our clients cooperated with that investigation.

Rix did not join Chelsea until Blake left- and Blake said abuse was already commonplace
Rix did not join Chelsea until Blake left- and Blake said abuse was already commonplace

Chelsea are facing a civil claim in relation to the allegations, which the club and the FA are investigating. That correspondence has not been seen by our clients or by us. "Our clients are cooperating fully with the FA in this matter".

A spokesman for Chelsea said: "I can't answer specifically to the story you have mentioned but what I can say is that we take allegations of this nature extremely seriously, we are absolutely determined to do the right thing, to fully support those affected, and assist the authorities and support their investigations".

When asked for the latest on that investigation, an FA spokesperson said: "The FA is not in a position to comment on this matter".