?Chelsea have been hit with more racism allegations involving former staff members Gwyn Williams and Graham Rix, with more former youth players coming forward with claims.
Grant Lunn and Gary Baker, both former academy players at Chelsea in the early 1980’s, have spoken out in support of the previous accusers after reading Williams’ denial in The Guardian earlier back in March.
Since then, revelations of “white-against-blacks” training matches have emerged. And Lunn, a former white keeper who spent four years at Chelsea before being released as an 18-year-old, recalls that racial abuse was the norm around the grounds back in his day.
“We were split into Blacks against Whites.” Listen as former Chelsea youth players recall their experiences of racism at the football club pic.twitter.com/urpOEANb83
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“When I read the articles in March I was surprised how it all came flooding back and how it made me feel,” he remarked. “It was the outright denial from Williams that made me want to come forward. I have no axe to grind with him personally, as I was never targeted in any way by him, but I was annoyed and angered to read his denial.
“I thought: ‘How on earth can he say that?’ as I know he racially abused players, one in particular in my time, regularly. I don’t think that back then, as a kid, I ever thought about it being wrong, and I wasn’t one to speak out anyway.
“Nobody spoke out. It wasn’t like today where there are at least four or five members of the coaching team. Williams was in charge of the entire youth setup and if you were going to make it in football it was on his say-so.”
“We take allegations of this nature extremely seriously and they will be fully investigated,” they said in a statement. “We are absolutely determined to do the right thing, to assist the authorities and any investigations they may carry out, and to fully support those affected, which would include counselling for any former player that may need it.”