Diego Costa’s strive for kicking racism out of the game has been documented
Blues forward Diego Costa insists the Chelsea must show a zero tolerance to discriminatory behavior, after a small group of fans were captured racially abusing a civilian in Paris.
The west London club has gained an unsavory reputation down the years regarding racial hate stemming from the terraces which many thought was a thing of the past, but the pictures which dominate the morning papers tell a different story.
John Terry’s ban for his part in the incident involving Anton Ferdinand didn’t help the club’s image neither, and Costa believes now his the time to show intent in stamping this out for good.
“It’s very important, especially because of the magnitude of the club,” he told the clubs official website (via the Evening Standard).
“Chelsea can set an example with regards to equality within the game. I know the club has been doing a lot of work in order to promote equality and take away discrimination. A lot of hard work has been done and it’s hugely important.”
Ironically, Chelsea’s weekend fixture against Burnley was scheduled to be their annual ‘Game for Equality’, where the club celebrates it’s work in promoting diversity and partnership with organisations such as Kick It Out and Show Racism the Red Card.
A swift punishment of those fans is surely the best course of action.