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Chelsea facing China ban

Chelsea facing possible China ban after player’s offensive Instagram post

July 24, 2017 By Ali M.
Young Brazilian Kennedy angered the nation with his Instagram posts in the build-up to their Arsenal clash.

Chelsea are facing a possible China ban and the loss of the nation’s huge Premier League market, according to Goal. This punishment is due to an awful Instagram post made by young Brazilian player, Kennedy.

The winger took to social media during their stop in Beijing to post Instagram videos which were seen as offensive to Chinese people. His action caused uproar, with the Brazilian being booed throughout the Blues’ clash with Arsenal at the Bird’s Nest Stadium.

Kennedy quickly deleted his posts and issued a public apology to the people of China. The South American insisted racism was not his intention, and offered a “big hug” in sorrow.

The Premier League champions followed that up with an official apology of their own. Chelsea claim to have “strongly reprimanded and disciplined" the player for his insensitive posts, writing: 

"On July 22nd, Chelsea Football Club experienced the warmth and friendliness of Chinese fans at the National Stadium. However, we were surprised and disappointed that one day prior to the match, one of our young players, Kenedy, posted messages on his social media account that caused great offence and hurt the feelings of the people of China.

"Unfortunately, even though he quickly deleted the messages and apologised, and the club also apologised via our Chinese social media channels, the damage had already been done. Chelsea Football Club once again solemnly and sincerely apologises.

"Kenedy's actions were a mistake that he will learn greatly from. His behaviour does not represent the entire team and does not align with the club's high expectations and strict requirements of its young players. He has been strongly reprimanded and disciplined.”

Despite their apology, the Blues could be slapped with a China blackout. Goal claim that Chinese media have been authorized to “withdraw all related stories about Chelsea from their dual homepages and news apps" by the government.

Furthermore, a source from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has reportedly told Goal that they will “closely monitor the situation” ahead of a possible outright ban.

Conte’s side are currently in Singapore where they will face Bayern Munich and Inter Milan, with Alvaro Morata set to make his debut. 

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