Chelsea address viral Conor Gallagher video and slam ‘completely unacceptable’ abuse

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Chelsea have condemned abuse aimed at Conor Gallagher following Saturday’s 2-2 draw against Burnley.

Prior to the stalemate at Stamford Bridge, the 24-year-old was accused of ignoring a mascot in a clip that has gone viral.

Gallagher has received a torrent abuse following a viral clip ahead of Chelsea's draw with Burnley

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Gallagher has received a torrent abuse following a viral clip ahead of Chelsea’s draw with BurnleyCredit: Getty

This is despite the midfielder being seen with his arm around the youngster as he prepared to walk out onto the pitch.

Nevertheless, he has received heavy criticism from fans, who have flooded his comments on social media with abuse.

An official Blues statement read: “Chelsea Football Club is aware of a video clip circulating on social media from Saturday’s fixture against Burnley, which has been taken considerably out of context.

“The subsequent level of abuse and defamatory comments directed towards Conor Gallagher is completely unacceptable.

“We are proud to be a diverse, inclusive club where people from all cultures, communities and identities feel welcome.”

Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino also addressed the video during his press conference on Wednesday.

Pochettino said: “This upset me so much because no one wants to do something like this with this intention. He did really well with both mascots and when you are there, playing football, focusing on many things, as you start a game, sometimes that can happen.

“But people try to find things like this to create a mess. I know Conor, come on, he never has that intention. Conor is a great kid who cares about everything. I hate people who use social media to abuse like this. It is so easy [for them].”

More to follow.

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