Chelsea pledged to help authorities investigate after a report
Friday said three former youth-team players had launched legal
claims against the club alleging they were bullied and racially
Britain's Guardian newspaper said former youth coach Graham Rix
and ex-chief scout Gwyn Williams had allegedly abused the black
players in the 1990s.
The claims -- denied by Rix and Williams -- have already been
investigated by the police, who decided to take no further
action, but they are being looked at by the club and the Football
Association, which has reportedly interviewed two of the players.
According to the report, Rix threw a cup of hot coffee in the
face of one of the players and left one of the complainants with
a bleeding nose after throwing a ball at him.
And the alleged victims say they were consistently racially
abused with a series of taunts.
"These allegations were the subject of a thorough investigation
by specialist officers of the Metropolitan Police Service," a
statement from the pair's lawyer Eddie Johns said.
"The MPS did not consider there was sufficient evidence even to
report it to the Crown Prosecution Service. Our clients
cooperated with that investigation.
"The allegations in the Guardian newspaper are contained, as we
understand it, within correspondence sent to Chelsea Football
Club. That correspondence has not been seen by our clients or by
"No correspondence has been sent to our clients or us by these
individuals or those representing them. We will of course deal
with any allegations if made directly to our clients. Our clients
are cooperating fully with the FA in this matter."
Former Arsenal and England player Rix, 60, left Chelsea in 2000,
a year after being jailed for having sex with an underage girl,
while Williams left the club in 2006.
The story broke just before Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte's
pre-match press conference for Saturday's Premier League game at
home to Leicester, forcing the club's director of communications
Steve Atkins to intervene with a statement.
"I can't answer specifically to the story you mentioned," said
Atkins, in response to a reporter's question.
"What I can say is that we take allegations of this nature
extremely seriously, we are absolutely determined to do the right
thing, to fully support those affected and assist the authorities
and support their investigations. That's all I can say."
An FA spokesman declined to comment.