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Roma have been charged by Uefa for "monkey chants"

Roma fans celebrate their sides first goal against Chelsea. Credit: PA

Roma have been charged by UEFA after some of their supporters allegedly directed monkey chants at Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger during Wednesday's Champions League clash at Stamford Bridge.

Germany defender Rudiger left Roma for Chelsea last summer, having previously expressed his frustration at a failure to tackle racist incidents which saw him targeted.

A statement from European football's governing body read: "Disciplinary proceedings have been opened following the UEFA Champions League group stage match between Chelsea FC and AS Roma (3-3), played on October 18 in England."

UEFA said the charge was "racist behaviour (monkey chants)", adding: "This case will be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on November 16."

Eden Hazard scored twice as Chelsea battled to a 3-3 draw with Roma to stay top of Champions League Group C.

Chelsea had surrendered a two-goal lead to trail 3-2 with 20 minutes remaining after former Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko's quick-fire double.

Chelsea were second best, but Hazard headed in Pedro's cross to give the Blues seven points ahead of the trip to the Eternal City on October 31.

Kante and Morata doubts for Chelsea's clash with Palace

Kante came off in the first half of France's 1-0 win in Bulgaria on Saturday. Credit: PA

Chelsea could be without N'Golo Kante and Alvaro Morata at Crystal Palace on Saturday.

The Premier League champions are waiting to learn the full extent of midfielder Kante's hamstring injury sustained while on international duty with France.

And, while the Blues are optimistic Morata's hamstring injury is not as bad as first feared, head coach Antonio Conte could opt to give the Spain striker and Kante additional rest ahead of next week's Champions League clash at home to Roma.

Kante came off in the first half of France's 1-0 win in Bulgaria on Saturday and withdrew from Les Bleus' squad to face Belarus on Tuesday night.

The former Leicester midfielder is expected to return to Chelsea's Surrey training base on Tuesday or Wednesday for assessment on the injury.


Hazard hails Chelsea's performance at Atletico as the best of his blues career

Hazard was on top form against Atletico. Credit: PA

Eden Hazard believes Chelsea's win at Atletico Madrid was their best Champions League performance in his five years at Stamford Bridge.

Michy Batshuayi's goal in the fourth minute of stoppage time saw Chelsea come from behind to win at Atletico as Diego Costa watched on.

Alvaro Morata had earlier cancelled out Antoine Griezmann's opener from the penalty spot.

Asked if the performance was the Blues' best of the season, Hazard told Chelsea TV: "Yes, in the Champions League also. Since I came here it's the first time we've beaten a really good, really strong team in the Champions League.

"We did well, from the first (whistle) to the end of the game. That means we are a good team, we have good players."

Hazard was making his second start of the season following his broken ankle - the first was in the Carabao Cup win over Nottingham Forest - and he dazzled at times.

The Belgium playmaker is reportedly in negotiations to extend his Chelsea contract and receive a pay rise to become the highest paid player in the Premier League on £300,000 per week. Hazard's current deal, which expires in 2020, was signed in February 2015.

The 26-year-old joined the Blues soon after their European Cup triumph in May 2012 and they suffered the ignominy of becoming the first holders to exit at the group stage the following season.

Chelsea responded by winning the Europa League and reached the Champions League semi-finals in 2013-14, losing to Atletico after beating Paris St Germain.

Hazard praised Batshuayi and Morata for their goals, which came in the first match since Costa's return to Atletico was completed.

Costa watched on from the stands at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano as Morata scored his seventh goal in eight games since his arrival from Real Madrid.

Hazard added: "That's why they're on the pitch, to try to score goals. And we are here to create something.

"I'm just happy for them, for Alvaro, for Michy. They're top strikers. Both of them deserve to score goals and they did.

"It was good. Not just at the end of the game, for the whole game we did well.

"We should've scored more goals than two. Sometimes it's good to win at the last second.

"We came here to try to win this game and we did. We're happy."

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