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Chelsea condemn Ferdinand chant

Chelsea have condemned the chanting of their own fans about Anton Ferdinand which marred their Champions League game at Genk.

The Blues supporters repeatedly chanted about QPR defender Ferdinand in response to the John Terry racism inquiry during the 1-1 draw at the Cristal Arena.

The chants - a repetition of "Anton Ferdinand, you know what you are" - came shortly after the Metropolitan Police launched a formal investigation into allegations Terry racially abused Ferdinand during the West London derby nine days earlier, something denied by the Chelsea captain.

A club spokesman said in a statement: "The chanting was wholly inappropriate and we don't condone it."

Manager Andre Villas-Boas insisted he had not heard the chanting, which was at its loudest shortly before and shortly after half-time. He added: "I was concentrating on the game."

Meanwhile UEFA has said it will wait on the reports from their match delegate and referee before deciding whether to take any action against the club.

UEFA is likely to receive the reports on Thursday and confirmed its disciplinary unit "would look into" any allegations of racist chanting that could be contained within them.

It will also do so should "any other piece of evidence of such chanting be made available" before deciding "whether to open disciplinary proceedings against the relevant club".

Possible sanctions for racist chanting include fines and forcing clubs to play matches behind closed doors.

However, even if UEFA is made aware of Tuesday night's chants, it remains to be seen whether they can be deemed to be racist in a disciplinary sense.

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