Monday, 17 December, 2018

Chelsea's Kenedy sent home over China slurs - Conte

Chelsea's Brazilian winger Kenedy tattooed from head to toe resembles a street urchin Chelsea's Brazilian winger Kenedy tattooed from head to toe resembles a street urchin
Theresa Hayes | 26 July, 2017, 16:14

The FA have contacted Chelsea and asked for Blues winger Kenedy's observations in relation to his social media posts on the club's pre-season tour in China.

He posted two videos to Instagram, one containing an expletive about China and another mocking a sleeping security guard.

In the same apology, the club mentions that the 21-year-old player had been "strongly reprimanded and disciplined".

Kenedy was constantly booed throughout Chelsea's match against Arsenal in Beijing on Saturday, which the Blues won 3-0.

Kenedy, signed from Fluminense for £6 million ($7.8 million) in 2015, flew with Chelsea to Singapore over the weekend and trained with the team on Sunday and Monday.

"Everyone at Chelsea Football Club has the utmost respect for the Chinese people, who have been the most incredible hosts and we are extremely grateful for their hospitality". "Once again, we sincerely apologize for the hurt caused to our Chinese fans as well as to the Chinese people".

"So we made the decision (to send him home) and the player understood his mistake, he's sorry for what happened and now we must go on".

Kenedy was jeered during the pre-season friendly and has since apologised for his comments, and said any offence caused by now-deleted posts was "not intentional", reports the Guardian.

Chelsea have now moved on to Singapore, where they face Bayern Munich in a friendly on Tuesday and Inter Milan on Saturday.

Kenedy made just two appearances for Chelsea last season after returning from a spell on loan at Watford, where he made only one appearance, during the first half of the Premier League season.