Chelsea have slammed a permanent ban on one individual from Stamford Bridge for the use of racially abusive language and threatening and aggressive behavior during a match against Manchester City on December 8, 2018.
The EPL club have also struck a temporary ban on five other supporters for periods of between one and two years for the use of abusive language and threatening and aggressive behavior at the fixture last year.
The Crown Prosecution Service announced recently it had chosen not to initiate any criminal prosecutions after an investigation over a claim that Raheem Sterling was racially abused by a member of the crowd.
Chelsea said they had to take a slow pace in reaching a decision in the cases in order to ensure they did not prejudice the related police investigation.
According to the club, those affected by the ban as a result of their investigation were offered the right to appeal and those appeals have been heard where it is applicable.
Referring to the supporter handed a lifetime ban from the ground, a club statement read: “While the club respects the decision of the CPS (not to charge the individual with a criminal offence), the question that it had to determine was not whether a criminal offence had been committed, but rather whether the individual acted in breach of the ticketing terms and conditions.
“In this regard, the club operates to the civil standard of proof, which is entirely different to the criminal standard.
“In reaching its decision, the club took into account the denial made by the individual as well as a range of other evidence, including video evidence and evidence from two lip-reading experts – both of whom advised that the individual had used words that are racially abusive.”