Chelsea sorry for player’s posts

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By CHINA DAILY

English soc­cer club Chelsea apol­o­gized on Sun­day af­ter In­sta­gram posts by Brazil­ian player Kenedy “caused great of­fense and hurt the feel­ings” of the Chi­nese peo­ple.

The 21-year-old winger sparked out­rage among ne­ti­zens over the week­end when he posted im­ages on so­cial me­dia that ap­peared to use bad lan­guage against China and mock a Chi­nese se­cu­rity guard.

Kenedy quickly deleted the posts, but “the dam­age had al­ready been done”, the English Pre­mier League club said in a state­ment on Sun­day, adding that it “solemnly and sin­cerely apol­o­gizes”.

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

“The neg­a­tive im­pact we have seen over the last two days has left us shocked and sad­dened.”

Kenedy’s posts on In­sta­gram came ahead of Chelsea’s 3-0 vic­tory over Arse­nal in a pre­sea­son ex­hi­bi­tion match at Bei­jing’s Na­tional Sta­dium on Satur­day.

The club said the match was a “great cul­tural ex­change” be­tween China and the United King­dom.

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