Chelsea have submitted a proper grievance to UEFA relating to the therapy of their travelling supporters by stewards and Spanish police earlier than and after the second leg of their Champions League spherical of 16 tie in opposition to Barcelona.
The Premier League champions appealed for info after studies surfaced of violent clashes exterior Camp Nou, and say they obtained an “unprecedented response” from supporters who initially took to social media to share tales of accidents suffered by the hands of these tasked with stopping dysfunction across the match.
Footage shared on-line appeared to indicate stewards responding to some Chelsea supporters chanting “Barcelona, you’ll always be Spain” by placing out on the crowd with batons and one fan claimed to have been focused with pepper spray.
An announcement issued on the membership’s official web site learn: “Chelsea Soccer Membership has right this moment submitted a proper grievance to UEFA in relation to a number of severe incidents involving our supporters previous to and following our Champions League sport at Barcelona in March.
“Following the match, we issued a plea for info to these followers who could have been concerned in these incidents. This resulted in an unprecedented response, with numerous people coming ahead to complain in relation to poor organisation, lack of crowd management, brutality on the a part of stewards and police and publicity to typically unsafe situations.
“Chelsea FC takes the security of our followers, each at house and away, extraordinarily critically, and this isn’t what we anticipate when attending occasions organised by UEFA or its member golf equipment.
“We thank those supporters who shared their experiences to help form our report and will now await a response from UEFA.”
Along with the membership, the Chelsea Supporters’ Belief (CST), the Soccer Supporters’ Federation and Soccer Supporters Europe additionally compiled proof regarding the incidents that marred the match, which Barcelona received Three-Zero.
Liam is ESPN FC’s Chelsea correspondent. Observe him on Twitter: @Liam_Twomey.