Statement on incidents in Barcelona

Chelsea Football Club has today submitted a formal complaint to UEFA in relation to several serious incidents involving our supporters prior to and following our Champions League game at Barcelona in March.

Following the match, we issued a plea for information to those fans who may have been involved in these incidents.  This resulted in an unprecedented response, with a large number of individuals coming forward to complain in relation to poor organisation, lack of crowd control, brutality on the part of stewards and police and exposure to generally unsafe conditions. Chelsea FC takes the safety of our fans, both at home and away, extremely seriously, and this not what we expect when attending events organised by UEFA or its member clubs.

We thank those supporters who shared their experiences to help form our report and will now await a response from UEFA.