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Police launch investigation into Chelsea fans racism

Eight people left the train at Stoke after police were called. Credit: PA

Police have launched an investigation after reports of racist and abusive behaviour from Chelsea football fans on a train from London to Manchester last night, British Transport Police said.

Four men were ordered off the train at Stoke by British Transport Police and four others left of their own accord.

Shortly after 10.30pm on Sunday, 1 March, officers were called to meet a Euston-to-Manchester Piccadilly train at Stoke, following reports of racist and abusive behaviour by a number of passengers, said to be football fans.

Colleagues from Staffordshire Police also attended. Officers asked four men to leave the train at Stoke. We have spoken to two witnesses, and investigations continue.

Rail passengers and staff have the right to travel and work in peace. Abusive behaviour on trains and at stations is unacceptable, and we will not hesitate to investigate any such incidents.

– British Transport Police statement

Spurs striker describes Chelsea loss as 'worst feeling'

Harry Kane says losing the League Cup final was the "worst feeling in the world" but he is sure it will drive Spurs on to win silverware of their own.

Kane was distraught after the Wembley defeat. Credit: PA

Tottenham missed an opportunity to end their seven-year trophy drought on Sunday as Chelsea ran out 2-0 winners at Wembley.

For Kane, a Spurs youth product, losing to one of the club's biggest rivals on the biggest stage hurt badly.

I'm gutted for the players, for my team-mates, for the staff, for the club itself.

It's the worst feeling in the world - losing, and losing in a final on the big stage is even worse.

When you see Chelsea lifting that trophy it makes the fire in your belly burn that you want to be back and you want to be lifting that trophy and that's what we've got to do with the squad we have.

– Spurs striker Harry Kane


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Chelsea boss Mourinho: Football losing credibility

Jose Mourinho isn't pleased. Credit: PA

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is worried football is losing credibility through its inconsistent disciplinary rules.

Midfielder Nemanja Matic was given a two-match ban for his push on Ashley Barnes after the striker caught him on the leg with a high challenge, which has irked the Chelsea boss.

We must take care of our football.

It's not about how many millions are watching on television. It's about the feeling and respect and credibility, what people think about it.

Strong credibility. This is something English football cannot lose.

You lose credibility when a player like Matic is suspended, and another player can play this weekend.

I don't think you can have any doubt that all around the world people open their mouths with surprise at how this can be possible.

– Jose Mourinho
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