Liverpool release statement on 'dangerous and disturbing' Mohamed Salah abuse video

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The midfielder was charged with drink driving earlier this week and was left out of Chelsea's squad for their trip to face Slavia Prague in the Europa League quarter-finals later on Thursday.

Egypt forward Salah, who made 13 appearances for Chelsea before leaving for Roma in 2016, is a Muslim and has previously faced abuse about his religion.

By sheer coincidence, Liverpool and Chelsea are due to play out their Week 34 Premier League meeting at Anfield on Sunday afternoon.

Before Thursday's match, Chelsea identified three of the six people in the video and prevented them from entering Slavia Prague's stadium.

Liverpool have now released a statement on the matter.

"The video circulating online, showing vile discriminatory chants being aimed at one of our players, is risky and disturbing". We have also witnessed numerous hateful attacks on social media.

Liverpool also issued a statement to defend one of its best players and condemn the behaviour as "unadulterated bigotry", stressing that there's no place for such conduct either in football or in society as a whole.

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"We will continue to work with Liverpool Football Club to ensure that those who use the Internet to target others, and who commit criminal offences such as harassment or hate crime in doing so, understand that they are not beyond the law".

"A crime of this nature has more victims than any individual it is aimed at and, as such, collective and decisive action is needed to address it".

According to the former Arsenal striker, those involved in the act should not be regarded as Chelsea fans because they do not represent the intention and values of the club.

The Stamford Bridge club, who are working with police and Liverpool, said those responsible were an "embarrassment".

There have been a number of incidents of footballers being racially abused in the past few months.

"We operate a zero tolerance approach, and anyone behaving like this is not welcome at Arsenal and will be banned from matches". A win would put them in pole position with a game in hand still to play.

"We have to try to read the game, read the passes and stuff like that, a couple things to do".

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