Chelsea Issue Apology After Kenedy's 'Racist' Social Media Posts Cause Offence in China
Chelsea have issued an apology after recent behaviour from forward Kenedy provoked a hostile response from the Chinese public during the Blues' pre-season trip to Beijing.
Kenedy used the phrase "Porra China" during a social media post, following it up with the expression
"Kenedy’s actions were a mistake that he will learn greatly from. His behaviour does not represent the entire team and does not align with the club’s high expectations and strict requirements of its young players. He has been strongly reprimanded and disciplined.
"Everyone at Chelsea Football Club has the utmost respect and admiration for China and loves our Chinese fans. It is because of this that the negative impact we have seen over the last two days has left us shocked and saddened. Once again, we sincerely apologise for the hurt caused to our Chinese fans as well as to the Chinese people.
"We offer this apology with utmost sincerity. We have listened carefully to the criticism and will use the lessons learnt over the last two days to improve our processes in future."
Kenedy has made 22 appearances in all competitions for Chelsea, scoring twice.