Lampard condemns racist abuse aimed at Tammy Abraham
Lampard condemns racist abuse aimed at Tammy Abraham

Lampard condemns racist abuse aimed at Tammy Abraham

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has condemned racist abuse aimed at his striker Tammy Abraham.

21-year-old Abraham saw his penalty saved in the UEFA Super Cup shoot-out in Istanbul on Wednesday night received racist abuse following Chelsea's defeat to Liverpool.

While Chelsea have promised the “strongest possible action" if any of their fans are proven to be involved, disgusted Lampard said Tammy is disappointed.

“Obviously Tammy is disappointed,“ he said. “Who wouldn’t be? He’s more than disappointed, that’s probably the wrong word. I am particularly disgusted by the (one) so-called Chelsea fan.

“To see the different ends of the spectrum of the evening: Tammy Abraham asked me to take the fifth penalty because he wanted to take it, wanted to stand up and be brave on a big night when the world is watching.

“At the same time, within moments or hours afterwards, somebody sitting behind a keyboard or a phone has said the most disgusting things possible.

“I don’t know how these platforms are allowed that you can do it. It is too easy to be done. Something needs to be done as well as people changing their mindsets completely.

“That might not be easy with everybody but I am so angry for Tammy, angry for us as a club because that’s not what we are about.

“The club does a lot of work against discrimination of all levels and it is a setback when these things happen.“

Tammy Abraham was on the starting lineup and hit the post in Sunday's 4-0 loss to Manchester United. He came off the bench in the 2-2 draw with Liverpool, before Chelsea soccumb to defeat after penalty shootout.


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