Brazilian winger, Kenedy, have been disciplined and sent home from Chelsea’s pre-season tour of Asia following his offensive social media post about China.
21-year-old Kenedy was booed by Chinese fans during Chelsea’s 3-0 victory over Arsenal on Saturday, after posting on his Instagram page, comments perceived as insulting by Chinese fans.
Official statement from Chelsea read: “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.”
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“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.” the statement concludes.
I would like to apologise to the people of China for the offence I have caused. It was never my intention to insult or offend anyone at all and I now realise that my comments were totally inappropriate. I wish to state that I have tremendous respect and admiration for the Chinese people and their country. I would also like to apologise to my club Chelsea and all my companions who I have let down by my posts. I fully understand the responsibility of representing my club and it was never my intention to cause this embarrassment nor disrespect.
Kenedy have since apologised for the incident with the Brazilian saying: “I would like to apologise to the people of China for the offence I have caused. It was never my intention to insult or offend anyone at all and I now realise that my comments were totally inappropriate.”
Kenedy moved to Chelsea from Fluminese two years ago for £6.3m, making just two appearances for the Blues last season.