Football club Chelsea and police in the United Kingdom have started an investigation into alleged racist remarks by a Chelsea fan towards Manchester City player Raheem Sterling during Saturday's match.
Chelsea and the police are investigating the incident at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, which was highlighted on social media.
A Chelsea spokesman said: "Our investigations into this matter are ongoing".
Chelsea and the Metropolitan Police quickly confirmed that an investigation had been opened.
"Chelsea finds all forms of discriminatory behaviour abhorrent", the London club said in a statement on Monday, "and if there is evidence of ticket-holders taking part in any racist behaviour, the club will issue severe sanctions, including bans. We will also fully support any criminal prosecutions".
Football star Raheem Sterling has accused British newspapers of helping to "fuel racism" in their portrayal of young black players, the day after he was subjected to alleged racist abuse in the Premier League.
Chelsea won the match 2-0, with goals in each half from N'Golo Kante and David Luiz, dealing City their first Premier League defeat of the season.
Wing has since lost his job and is one of four Chelsea supporters to have been suspended by the club.
In his post, England worldwide Sterling cites newspaper headlines about team-mates Tosin Adarabioyo and Phil Foden buying houses.
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"I would deal with it how Raheem Sterling would deal with it, just ignore them and carry on doing my business on the pitch because those small-minded people are not going to get the better of me".
"I didn't cope with him at all, which is really frustrating because you want to perform well against the best players in the world".
The Professional Footballers' Association said it stands "shoulder to shoulder" with Sterling and believes he is singled out for negative media coverage.
Speaking on the abuse that Sterling endured over the weekend, Ince said: "I'm sure the person or people who shouted abuse will be dealt with in the right way".
Sterling's team-mate Leroy Sane also believes the England global has dealt with the matter well.
"We're aware of reports and video footage".
However, he insisted that the abuse directed at Sterling was not racial in nature, claiming that he had used an expletive along with the word "Manc" rather than "black".
The incident has provoked an outcry in England, coming a week after a banana skin was thrown by fans at Arsenal striker Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang as he celebrated scoring against Tottenham in a Premier League match.
"The one worry I have, and I hope I'm wrong, if that was a 3 o'clock game on a Saturday and wasn't live, wasn't picked up as much, the big problem you have in terms of actual change is: is this actually getting accepted by people around the guy saying it?"
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