Soccer Football - Premier League - Leicester City vs Chelsea - Leicester, Britain - September 9, 2017 Chelsea's Alvaro Morata celebrates scoring their first goal with Marcos Alonso..
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Newly signed Chelsea soccer player Alvaro Morata’s name was entangled in antisemitic chants by Chelsea fans after scoring a goal against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.
The fans sang, “Alvaro, oh, Alvaro, oh. He came from Real Madrid, he hates the f****** Yids.”
This chant was adapted from a regularly sung mantra by Chelsea fans against their English rival team in the Premier League, Tottenham Hotspur, a club associated with a Jewish following.
Morata, previously a striker for Real Madrid, signed a 70 million euro deal with Chelsea for the 2017-2018 soccer season that started nearly a month ago, marked his third goal for the British team on Saturday.
Chelsea spokesman Steve Atkins condemned the antisemitic song in a press conference after the game saying that Morata “does not want to be connected to that song in any way, and both the player and the club request that the supporters stop singing that song with immediate effect."
Morata took to Twitter after the game to express his gratitude for the support of his fans, and to request that they “please respect everyone!”
Leicester City 1-2 Chelsea - Antonio Conte Full Post Match Press Conference - 'Stop Morata Chant' (YouTube/BeanymanSports)