Chelsea said on Monday they have lodged a formal complaint with UEFA over alleged racist abuse aimed at one of their players during the closing stages of the 5-0 Europa League win away to Dynamo Kiev last week.
“We can confirm a report of racist abuse directed at one of our players in the final minutes of the match in Kiev from a small section of home supporters. We wholeheartedly condemn such abhorrent behaviour,” Chelsea said in a statement.
“The matter was reported to the referee at the final whistle and the chairman and club secretary spoke to the UEFA match delegate immediately after the match.
“We expect UEFA to conduct a fulsome investigation and we will provide full cooperation.”
Callum Hudson-Odoi was reportedly the victim of the abuse as the 18-year-old rounded off the scoring after Olivier Giroud’s hat-trick and Marcos Alonso’s strike secured Chelsea’s place in the last eight at a canter in the Ukranian capital on Thursday.
Olivier Giroud scored a hat-trick as Chelsea cruised into the Europa League quarter-finals with an 8-0 aggregate thrashing of Dynamo Kiev on Thursday, while Napoli also booked a last-eight spot.
After a 3-0 victory in last week’s last 16, first leg at Stamford Bridge, 2013 winners Chelsea were even more dominant in Kiev despite manager Maurizio Sarri ringing the changes, thumping the Ukrainians 5-0.
The Premier League giants are bidding for a first trophy under the Italian after losing last month’s English League Cup final to Manchester City, and hoping to secure qualification for next season’s Champions League.
Giroud, who is yet to start in the Premier League in 2019 after the signing of Gonzalo Higuain, netted a first-half double, before Marcos Alonso slid home a third on the stroke of half-time.
Frenchman Giroud completed his first Chelsea hat-trick by heading home Willian’s free-kick just before the hour mark and is now the leading scorer in this year’s competition with nine goals.
Teenage winger Callum Hudson-Odoi continued his own fine Europa League form, slotting in his fourth goal of the tournament after racing clear with 12 minutes remaining.
Elsewhere, Napoli wrapped up a 4-3 aggregate victory over last season’s semi-finalists Salzburg despite a 3-1 second-leg loss in Austria.
Arkadiusz Milik scored a crucial away goal in the 14th minute to all but end the tie, leaving Salzburg needing five unanswered goals to progress.
Munas Dabbur and Fredrik Gulbrandsen struck to give the hosts a glimmer of hope, but Christoph Leitgeb’s injury-time third goal was only enough to secure a consolation win on the night.
Russian outfit Krasnodar suffered heartbreak in the other early game, as Goncalo Guedes scored a dramatic injury-time equaliser to send Valencia through 3-2 on aggregate after a 1-1 second-leg draw.
The 19-year-old Magomed-Shapi Suleymanov’s 85th-minute effort looked set to dump out the Spaniards on away goals, but Portugal international Guedes came off the bench to send Valencia through.
Marcelino’s men have recovered well from a slow start to the season, having also reached the Copa del Rey final and stepped up their bid for a top-four place in La Liga.
European football governing body have concluded the draws for the last eight of the UEFA Champions League.
Defending champions, Barcelona will face fellow Spaniards Atletico Madrid, runners-up two seasons ago.
Barca, bidding to become the first team to win the trophy two seasons in a row, will get the chance to avenge their defeat at the same stage two years ago when Atletico won 1-0 at home after a 1-1 away draw.
Paris St Germain, will face fellow big spenders Manchester City in the other outstanding tie, with the first leg at the Parc Des Princes.
Ten-times champions Real Madrid will face German side Wolfsburg and Bayern Munich will face Portugal’s Benfica.
Meanwhile, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will return to Borussia Dortmund for the first time after the sides were drawn together in the Europa League quarter-finals.
It will be the first time Klopp has returned to his former club after deciding to leave Dortmund at the end of 2014-15 season following seven years with the club.
Defending champions, Sevilla, who are looking to win the Europa League for a third year in a row, have been drawn against domestic rivals Athletic Bilbao.
Sporting Braga will take on Shakhtar Donetsk while Villareal will be up against Sparta Pargue.
Chelsea’s manager, Jose Mourinho, believes that the mood is improving at Stamford Bridge after two good results in the last week, claiming his side’s key players are starting to improve.
The blues have made a lacklustre start to the defence of their Premier League title and also lost their second Champion’s League pool game at Porto.
However, they returned to winning ways with a 2-0 win over Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge last Saturday before a 0-0 draw at Dynamo Kiev, a match Mourinho thinks they were unlucky not to win.
The defending champions now face a tough trip to fourth-placed West Ham in the Premier League.
It is, however, a different story for Liverpool as manager, Jurgen Klopp says England striker Daniel Sturridge continues to be a major fitness concern after revealing the he must undergo another scan on his knee.
Sturridge, who is yet to play under Klopp, damaged his knee in a training ground collision with Jordon Ibe last Friday and that prevented him from lining up against either Tottenham Hotspur or Rubin Kazan.
It was initially hoped that he would be available for Sunday’s home game with Southampton but, Klopp cast doubt on whether the 25-year-old would be fit enough for selection.
Nigeria’s rocky defender plying his trade for Ukrainian club Dynamo Kiev; Taye Taiwo is in top form ahead of his clubs UEFA champions league clash with French side Paris-Saint Germain on Tuesday evening as he expressed his believe that both clubs will leave nothing out to clinch victory as an assurance to move to the next level of the money-spinning tournament.
Bought by AC Milan but played only four matches in Serie A and four in the Champions League before joining English Premier League side Queens Park Rangers on loan, the defender switched to Dynamo Kiev, making his debut in the Ukraine league on 3 August in the match with Krivyi Rig which Dynamo won 1-0.
He said opening matches of such tournament are always very crucial as it determines how far clubs can go in the competitions so all hands has to be on deck to get favourable results but for him lacing his boot against PSG will be very interesting.
It would be recalled that the Nigerian international was loyal to the French club Marseille seven whole season, the arch rival of PSG, as his career also went all time-high winning the 2010 league title and the French League Cup twice, in 2010 and 2011, scoring 25 goals in 271 matches.
Super Eagles rocky defender; Taye Taiwo opened up about his new passion for Ukrainian football as he has adjusted properly and he is fitting well into his new team; Dynamo Kiev.
The defender who is presently on a loan transfer to Dynamo Kiev from AC Milan at the beginning of the Serie A season said despite many stars and players on the club he has already found his feet and it is that one factor that has helped him settle in quickly into the team.
Taiye Taiwo also revealed that the players in the club are under immense pressure to deliver result in every league game.
Taiwo also known as a goal-scoring defender has played five league matches and he is yet to open his goal account.
Dynamo Kyiv hit man, Ideye Brown is showing positive reasons for his Super Eagles recall by Coach Stephen Keshi as he netted his 9th goal of the season in the Ukrainian Premier League clash against Chornomorets falling 2-0 at the Olimpiysky sports complex on Saturday.
Ideye was invited last week by Keshi to join other Europe-based players invited for the Super Eagles’ clash against Liberia in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match next month.
Prior to Ideye’s last goal on Saturday, the former Sochaux hitman scored twice when they eliminated Dutch giants Feyenoord 3-1 on aggregate in the previous round of the UEFA Champions League making him the second in the Ukraine goal scorer’s chart with 7 league goals and 9 in all competitions with Henrikh Mkhitaryan occupying the number one spot with just 10 league goals and 14 overall which in no time Ideye may likely surpass with his recent form of play.
And ahead of Ideye and Dynamo Kyiv is the UEFA Champions League play-off round return leg clash against Borrusia Monchengladbach on Wednesday as he will be expected to put up an optimal performance in previous a game where Dynamo got a 3-1 away victory in the first leg in Germany.