Frank Lampard has asked Chelsea fans to stop abusing the traveller community.
Frank Lampard has pleased Chelsea fans to stop abusing the traveller community. The Blues faithful were chanting abusive things during Chelsea’s pre-season 4-3 victory over Reading at Madejski Stadium on Sunday.
A brace from Mason Mount, and one-per from Ross Barkley and Kenedy sealed Lampard’s first victory on home soil. 2,000 Chelsea supporters were severely criticized for their abusive directed chants towards traveller community.
However, after the game, the new Chelsea boss urged the fans to stop singing a song that includes the word ‘Pikey’ – a word which is considered as a slur against the traveller community in the United Kingdom.
“The support for the fans was incredible,” said Lampard. “I didn’t hear the song in question, and of course if there’s a song that has offensive words I don’t want to hear that.
“I’m saying that as a big Chelsea man who really appreciates the support I’ve had over the years.
“We don’t want songs with offensive words. We don’t want to hear that. If the fans could sing other songs then I’ll back that.”
Last season, the racist abuse on Raheem Sterling saw four supporters getting the suspension until the matter is solved. Likewise, the former Derby County boss also assured that those directed abuses will always be taken seriously by the club.
“The club are very clear with the work we do off the pitch about anything that’s offensive or prejudiced and we’ve made a big mark on that.”
Despite securing the first victory in England, Lampard believes the whole squad has to work hard for improvement before facing off Manchester United in the opening weekend of the new Premier League season.
“I’m pleased. The clock’s ticking, though, and there’s still work to be done before Manchester United.” added Lampard.
Here’s how Twitter has reacted..
Frank Lampard has pleaded with Chelsea fans to stop singing a chant which refers to West Ham supporters as ‘pikeys’. The new Blues boss was serenaded by the travelling fans during Chelsea’s pre-season victory over Reading at the Madejski Stadium on S.. https://t.co/qTy2mzgL8W
— One Stop Sports (@oss365) July 29, 2019
Frank Lampard called for Chelsea supporters to abandon a chant that features his name alongside a reference to West Ham as “the pikeys”, saying: “I don’t want to hear that.”https://t.co/elw9BZZwmi
— Sportstar (@sportstarweb) July 29, 2019
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has warned the clubs supporters against singing offensive songs and chants against their city rivals. Lampard gave the warning after the clubs fans used derogatory chants against Tottenham and West Ham fans after their pre-season friendly with … pic.twitter.com/aZdwtzfoLm
— E-Conxepts News (@EConxeptsNews) July 29, 2019
Frank Lampard savoured victory in his first game as Chelsea manager on home soil and then urged supporters to retire a popular song in his honour. As The boss was serenaded in the club’s pulsating 4-3 victory at Reading on Sunday pic.twitter.com/LfwxyLal5Y
— Lilian Chan (@bestgug) July 29, 2019
— Sportskeeda Football (@SK_Football) July 28, 2019
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