Ken Bates accused of ‘shameful’ comments over Chelsea racism scandal

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• Former chairman criticises alleged victims for hiding identities
• Queries why none quit club and says ‘sniff of money is in air’

Ken Bates, the Chelsea chairman when a number of youth-team footballers claim they were racially abused by their own coaches, has been accused of making “truly shameful” comments after criticising the alleged victims for wanting to keep their identities secret and questioning why they did not report it when they were children.

Bates suggested the reason for “all these ancient coming-outs so many years later” was because “the sniff of money is in the air” and said those in question should have found other clubs if the racism they allegedly encountered at Stamford Bridge, from the age of 11 onwards, was so upsetting.

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Written by Daniel Taylor
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