Eden Hazard has urged Chelsea supporters to be of good conduct when the Blues face Tottenham Hotspur in the first leg of the semi-final fixture of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night at Wembley.
Supporters of the club have come under intense scrutiny recently due to cases of racism, most notably the alleged racist abuses heaped on Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling in December.
The incident was then followed by accusations of anti-Jewish chants supposedly aimed at Spurs in the course of the Europa League game away to Mol Vidi in Hungary.
The game is expected to be a cracker in which tempers might flare. Therefore, it is expected that there will be heightened security alongside officers who’ll be specifically looking out for any hate crime in the course of the game.
Speaking ahead of the game, Hazard said: “Just watch the game and enjoy the game. For sure after the game one team will win and one team will lose. Try to be fair”.
“I like all fans, Spurs also have good away fans. I think it is a good game to play and I hope both fans will enjoy the game.
“Of course [I hope all fans show respect]. These kind of fans [who join in abusive chants] are not fans of football, for me.
“When we are players, we are examples. The fans are also examples. I want Chelsea fans to be the best in the world. I don’t want to see a bad image of the Chelsea fans, of course. In football in general, not just Chelsea fans, in Italy we saw a lot of things.
“I want these things to disappear. It’s hard because football is a big world, but if we are all together step-by-step, players, managers,
journalists, then we can do something. I want people to remember the game.”