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FA offer Chelsea support over racist chanting

The Football Association have released a statement supporting Chelsea's vow to ban any season ticket holders or members who face criminal actions relating to an incident on the Paris Metro.

The FA Support Chelsea's stance on racist chanting. Credit: PA

A group of Chelsea fans refused to allow a black Parisian man onto their carriage and were heard chanting: "we're racist, we're racist, and that's the way we like it."

The incident took place before yesterday's Champions League match between PSG and Chelsea.

The FA fully supports Chelsea's position in seeking to ban any of the club's season-ticket holders or members who face criminal action in relation to these abhorrent scenes.

The FA, like the club, completely condemn such disgraceful behaviour which is a criminal offence and those responsible should face the strongest possible punishment.

– Chelsea FC statement


Chelsea striker Costa: I am a target for defenders

Diego Costa keeps getting kicked. Credit: PA

Diego Costa says he needs to be combative and robust in order to battle with Premier League defenders.

The Spain striker has suffered some disciplinary issues since joining Chelsea from Atletico Madrid in the summer.

I've been a target for defenders for a long time, and I am used to getting kicked by them, to get knocked by them.

I also fight and tackle, even if some defenders complain at the slightest contact.

To me, you draw a line under all that as soon as the game is over. We shake hands and it is all [left] on the field.

I think the referees should think about how many times I am hit or kicked before I get angry about it.

But referees here in England are good enough and professional, and they also understand well and realise what happens out on the pitch. They take that into account.

– Diego Costa speaking to the Guardian

Did Chelsea defender Ivanovic deserve ban for Everton 'headbutt'? Vote here

Chelsea should have been celebrating Willian's late winner and Petr Cech's goalkeeping heroics last night, but instead the focus fell on an unsavoury incident where Branislav Ivanovic appeared to motion his head towards James McCarthy.

Ivanovic could be banned by the FA. Credit: Reuters

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The Everton substitute was booked for his part in the melee, but Ivanovic avoided censure from referee Jonathan Moss and escaped retrospective action from the Football Association today.


Eden Hazard signs new long term Chelsea contract

Eden Hazard has signed a new five-and-a-half-year contract with Chelsea, the Premier League club have announced.

The Belgian has scored 32 Premier League goals in 94 matches since joining the Blues, and told Chelsea's official website:

I am very happy to sign a new contract with Chelsea. Since I came here in 2012 I have always felt good and the club has been very supportive to me.

The manager has helped me improve a lot, the fans have been fantastic and I have an amazing understanding with my team-mates.

I always try to give pleasure to the supporters with my style of play and it is nice to know they appreciate my work.

– Eden Hazard

Liverpool face anxious wait over Gerrard scan

Liverpool are awaiting the results of a scan to discover the extent of Steven Gerrard's hamstring injury.

Gerrard may face a spell on the sidelines with a hamstring problem. Credit: PA

The Reds captain came off in the second half of Tuesday's victory over Spurs after complaining of tightness.

"Unfortunately he felt his hamstring towards the end of the game and he is having a scan this morning and we are just waiting for results to come back," Liverpool assistant manager Colin Pascoe said.

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