Chelsea apol­o­gizes for of­fen­sive posts

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS -

Chelsea apol­o­gized to China on Sun­day for so­cial me­dia com­ments by Brazil­ian player Kenedy, which it ac­cepted “caused great of­fence and hurt the feel­ings” of the coun­try dur­ing the Pre­mier League cham­pi­ons’ pre­sea­son tour.

The 21-year-old Kenedy has been “strongly rep­ri­manded and dis­ci­plined” for the In­sta­gram posts, Chelsea said. The since-deleted mes­sages fea­tured a pro­fan­ity re­lat­ing to China and a mes­sage mock­ing a se­cu­rity guard he pho­tographed.

“Even though he quickly deleted the mes­sages and apol­o­gized, and the club also apol­o­gized via our Chi­nese so­cial me­dia chan­nels, the dam­age had al­ready been done,” the Lon­don club said. “Chelsea Foot­ball Club once again solemnly and sin­cerely apol­o­gizes.

“Kenedy’s ac­tions were a mis­take that he will learn greatly from. His be­hav­iour does not rep­re­sent the en­tire team and does not align with the club’s high ex­pec­ta­tions and strict re­quire­ments of its young play­ers.”

The mes­sages were posted ahead of Chelsea’s 3-0 vic­tory over Arse­nal in a friendly on Satur­day in Bei­jing where Kenedy was jeered.

“Ev­ery­one at Chelsea Foot­ball Club has the ut­most re­spect and ad­mi­ra­tion for China and loves our Chi­nese fans,” Chelsea said. “It is be­cause of this that the neg­a­tive im­pact we have seen over the last two days has left us shocked and sad­dened. Once again, we sin­cerely apol­o­gize for the hurt caused to our Chi­nese fans as well as to the Chi­nese peo­ple.”

On the next leg of Chelsea’s tour of Asia, An­to­nio Conte’s side plays Bay­ern Mu­nich and In­ter Mi­lan in Sin­ga­pore.

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