Chelsea want action on sexist chanting at football games

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Eva Carneiro Dokter di Chelsea yang Selalu Cekatan di Lapangan

Video footage of Chelsea club doctor Eva Carneiro being subjected to chants of ‘get your tits out for the lads‘ and ‘ever had a Gooner up your arse?‘ has prompted the club to ask the English FA and Premier League to take action.

Chelsea's manager Jose Mourinho (R) and team doctor Eva Carneiro attend a training session at Cobham in Surrey, south England April 29, 2014. Chelsea will play Atletico Madrid in their Champion's League semi-final second leg soccer match in London on Wednesday. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
manager Jose Mourinho (R) and team doctor Eva Carneiro attend a training session at Cobham in Surrey, south England April 29, 2014. Chelsea will play Atletico Madrid in their Champion's League semi-final second leg soccer match in London on Wednesday. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh (BRITAIN)

The club, and campaign groups such as Women in Football (WiF), believe that if sexist chanting was treated with the same zero tolerance as racist behaviour at grounds, it would be stamped out very quickly.

Chelsea's captain John Terry is escorted off the pitch by the team doctor Eva Carneiro
Chelsea’s captain John Terry is escorted off the pitch by the team doctor Eva Carneir

The group has created a “sexist briefing note” which it hopes will help match day stewards and stadium safety officials to recognise sexist abuse in football stadiums.

A survey conducted by WiF found that over 66% of women employed in the sport had witnessed sexism in the workplace while over 89% of those who said they had witnessed it also said they had not reported it.

In a statement to The Guardian about the abuse Carneiro in particular had been subjected to, Chelsea said:

“The issue of equality is one we take extremely seriously and we abhor discrimination in all its forms, including sexism. Such behaviour is unacceptable and we want it eradicated from the game.”

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