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Blues forced to rap their fans for Morata song; Leicester City .................1 Chelsea ........................... .2.

Alvaro Morata headed his third goal of the season in champions Chelsea's victory over Leicester.

But Blues fans are embroiled in another racism controversy after the club was forced to condemn an anti-Semitic song about the Spaniard during their win.

The club record buy from Real Madrid is quickly establishing himself as a cult hero at his new side and the Spanish international nodded home to open the scoring against the Foxes.

But the adulation he receives from some Chelsea supporters embodies itself in a song aimed at fierce London rivals Tottenham, who famously have a large Jewish fanbase.

After fans were heard singing, "Alvaro, Alvaro. He comes from Madrid, he hates the f****** Y***", Blues boss Antonio Conte was asked about the song and its anti-Semitic content at the post-match press conference but head of communications and public affairs Steve Atkins quickly stepped in.

"I don't think Antonio was aware of the song so if I can just speak on behalf of the club," he said.

"The club and the players appreciate the fans' passionate support away from home, of course.

"But the language in that song is not acceptable at all. We've spoken to Alvaro and he does not want to be connected to that song in any way. Both the player and the club request that the supporters stop singing that song with immediate effect."

It is not the first such incident involving Chelsea supporters.

Videos appeared on social media of some fans singing anti-Semitic songs ahead of their FA Cup semi-final against Spurs in April, while videos also emerged of some fans pushing a black commuter off a Metro train in Paris in 2015.

Speaking on football matters, Conte was pleased with Morata's performance and thinks the striker is getting better the more he plays.

"It is a good day for the team and a good day for Alvaro," said Conte. "It is always important for a striker to score but for me it is important he is improving and always more involved in our football.

"But if he scores, I am very happy. I am pleased for the player."

Much of the pre-match talk centred on Danny Drinkwater but it was another former Leicester player who returned to haunt them in the shape of N'Golo Kante. The Frenchman was his usual energetic, tidy self and capped a typically consistent display with a goal from 25 yards to double Chelsea's lead.

Jamie Vardy pulled one back for the hosts from the penalty spot but Conte's team held on for the three points.

Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare felt his team battled admirably. He said: "When we got back to 2-1 we just couldn't find that final bit that was required to get something from the game."

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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Sep 10, 2017
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