The video, which circulated before the London club’s Europa League quarterfinal first leg match with Slavia Prague on Thursday, appears to shows Chelsea fans in a bar chanting “Salah is a bomber.”
“The language used in the Tweets is abhorrent and we are taking the reports extremely seriously. Detectives from Merseyside Police are linking in with the Metropolitan Police Service in relation to the latest Tweet and we understand a number of individuals who are currently in Prague for the Slavia Prague v Chelsea Champions League game have been identified and have had their match tickets rescinded for this evening’s fixture.”
Liverpool host Chelsea in a Premier League game on Sunday, with Jurgen Klopp’s side needing to win in their bid to win the title, while defeat for the London team would dent their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League
It continued: “Already this season, we have seen repulsive discriminatory abuse inside stadiums in England, Europe and across the world; abuse that was captured on devices and put into the public domain. We have also witnessed numerous hateful attacks on social media.
“This behaviour needs to be called out for what it is — unadulterated bigotry.”
‘Strongest possible action’
“Such individuals are an embarrassment to the vast majority of Chelsea supporters who won’t tolerate them in their club,” the statement added.
The issue of racist and anti-semitic chanting has blighted a number of high profile matches in Europe in recent weeks.
Chelsea’s London rivals Arsenal confirmed to CNN on Friday that it would be launching an investigation after after a Snapchat video emerged of a supporter racially abusing Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly during Thursday’s Europa League tie at the Emirates Stadium.
The video, shot during the game from inside the stadium appears to show a supporter using the ‘n- word’ to refer to Koulibaly with the word also written across the screen.
“We utterly condemn use of this type of racist language and have launched an investigation to identify the culprit.” an Arsenal statement read.
Earlier this month, Juventus forward Moise Kean was subjected to monkey chants when his side played in Cagliari.
Addressing the latest Salah chanting incident, anti racism charity Kick it Out said: “It’s not on the terraces, but it’s still a disgrace. We don’t want fans like that anywhere near our game.”
Kick it Out also later applauded Chelsea and Liverpool for their swift reaction to the incidents.