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Dynamo Kiev punished for racism against Chelsea

Kiev will play their next two European games behind closed doors. Credit: Reuters

UEFA has ordered Dynamo Kiev to play their next three European home games in an empty stadium as punishment for offences including racist behaviour by fans during the Champions League match against Chelsea last month.

Football's European anti-discrimination body Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) passed footage to UEFA of an apparent attack on four black fans at the match in Ukraine on October 20th which ended 0-0.

Charges were brought against Dynamo for racist behaviour, crowd disturbances and blocked stairways.

A UEFA statement read: "Dynamo Kiev has been ordered to play their next three UEFA competition matches as host club behind closed doors. The third match is suspended for a probationary period of three years."

Chelsea boss rues 'dangerous pitch' ahead of Spurs

Chelsea captain John Terry is expected to miss Sunday's Premier League clash at Tottenham, with Jose Mourinho blaming a "dangerous" pitch for his ankle problem.

Terry was stretchered off in Israel. Credit: Reuters

The 34-year-old Blues skipper was taken off on a stretcher during Chelsea's 4-0 Champions League Group G win at Maccabi Tel Aviv on Tuesday night and is likely to face scans to determine the extent of the problem.

"For John to leave the pitch with the result 1-0 I know already that he is in trouble," Mourinho said.

"My medical department is really good. John is a special guy, with a special desire to recover.

"(But) to leave the pitch with the result 1-0, I don't believe too much that he can play (against Spurs)."

Chelsea could also be without Ramires, who was absent from the matchday squad after suffering an injury in training on Monday, when Chelsea tried to preserve the pitch.

"The surface was bad and dangerous," Mourinho added. The pitch was really bad. Ramires slid and had a muscular injury."


Chelsea have no new injury doubts for Maccabi clash

Diego Costa is again expected to lead the line. Credit: PA

Chelsea have no fresh fitness concerns for Tuesday's Champions League Group G tie with Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois (knee) and striker Radamel Falcao (undisclosed) remain out, with returns expected next month.

Boss Jose Mourinho may make changes following last Saturday's 1-0 Premier League win over Norwich, when Kenedy, normally a winger, was fielded at left-back.

Chelsea squad: Begovic, Ivanovic, Fabregas, Zouma, Rahman, Ramires, Oscar, Hazard, Mikel, Traore, Kenedy, Pedro, Remy, Costa, Matic, Willian, Cahill, Terry, Blackman, Azpilicueta, Loftus-Cheek.

Chelsea manager has a dig at Graeme Le Saux

Jose Mourinho said all of his Chelsea players were happy to travel to Israel for Tuesday night's Champions League clash with Maccabi Tel Aviv, despite heightened security following the Paris terror attacks.

Mourinho says he is fully focused on the match in Israel. Credit: PA

The Blues boss revealed there was no repeat of the 2001 trip to Israel, when England left-back Graeme Le Saux was one of six players who did not make the trip for a UEFA Cup game with Hapoel Tel Aviv.

Marcel Desailly, Emmanuel Petit, William Gallas, Albert Ferrer and Eidur Gudjohnsen also did not travel on that occasion.

Mourinho, who has been criticised by Le Saux this season for his treatment of former Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro, said:

We can just focus on playing. The best way is to focus on football and the happiness you have to play football, the responsibility you have to play football and (to) leave security questions to people who know more than we do.

I didn't have one single problem inside of the squad. I didn't have a Graeme Le Saux. I had everybody without fears, just wanting to come. I had even a player who maybe tomorrow or after tomorrow, his wife is having a baby and he's here to play, because he knows how important it is for us.

– Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho

Chelsea captain 'relieved' after beating Norwich

Chelsea captain John Terry admits he was relieved following Saturday's win over Norwich, and hopes it can kick-start their season.

Terry was relieved after Chelsea ended their losing streak. Credit: PA

The holders claimed just a fourth win from 13 games of the Premier League campaign as Diego Costa's goal secured a 1-0 success at Stamford Bridgefor the Blues to climb above their opponents to 15th in the table.

Terry told Chelsea TV:

We're delighted to win. Relieved as well. Picking up three points has been a really good feeling. Good performance to top it off as well.

Hopefully we can put ourselves on a good run of games now and climb up this table. We can build on this now and hopefully get another win on Tuesday.

– Chelsea captain John Terry


Mourinho believes Chelsea can still finish in top four

Jose Mourinho maintains Chelsea can finish in the Premier League top four after admitting Diego Costa's scoreless streak had weighed heavily on the striker.

Mourinho is feeling confident after a nervy win over Norwich. Credit: PA

Mourinho conceded the champions' title defence was over after Chelsea's 1-0 win over Norwich on Saturday, just a fourth win from 13 games this season, but reckons Champions League qualification is achievable.

"It's a bit of a relief," said Mourinho, after Costa's first goal since the win over Aston Villa ended a three-match losing streak.

"The pressure was there - I was feeling, the players were feeling too.

"We coped well with that and we got a result which obviously we needed very, very much.

"Fourth position for me is not an impossible mission. If you ask me the title I would say impossible mission.

"Maybe Tom Cruise can do it (but) it's complicated because you have to recover points from four candidates. But to grab one of the (teams) that go up and will also have a little bit of a collapse... the fourth position is a difficult position but a possible target.

Former Chelsea boss Campbell dies aged 78

Bobby Campbell pictured in 1989, during his time as Chelsea manager. Credit: PA

Former Chelsea boss Bobby Campbell has passed away at the age of 78.

The players will wear black armbands in Saturday's Premier League game at Stoke in tribute to Campbell, who was Blues boss from 1988 to 1991 and guided the club to promotion back to the top flight in 1989.

"Chelsea Football Club is greatly saddened to announce the passing of our former manager Bobby Campbell at the age of 78," the club said.

"All at the club send our deepest condolences to Bobby's family and friends and our players will wear black armbands in his memory at today's game at Stoke."

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