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Chelsea’s Yossi Benayoun Suffers Racial Abuse From Malaysia Fans

Stamford Bridge Israeli booed constantly.

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Chelsea laboured to a 1-0 victory over a Malaysia XI thanks to controversial Didier Drogba goal, but the game was marred by Yossi Benayoun suffering racial abuse.

The Blues struggled to break down their Asian opponents, selcted largely from the Olympic U23 team, unlike Arsenal and Liverpool who both thrashed the same team.

Lampard had the best chance of the game before half-time after Kalou sliced open the Malaysian defence with a wonderful pass but the veteran Chelsea midfielder failed to connect.

A Drogba free-kick won them the game but the ball did not cross the line at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium in Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur.

Replays of the 80th minute strike show the ball hit the post then and bounced off goalkeeper Mohamad Izham Tarmizia’s back, but did not hit the net.

Malaysia then could of equalised in the 85th minute, but A. Thamil Arasu shot wide after being put through with only the goalkeeper to beat.

But the sour point of the match was the constant booing of Benayoun – the first Israeli to play in Malaysia – in the first-half.

Muslim-majority Malaysia has no diplomatic relations with Israel.

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