Two ex-Chelsea coaches have denied allegations of racism and bullying made against them by three former Chelsea youth players.
The Guardian reported that former Chelsea coaches Graham Rix and Gwyn Williams have been accused of racist and bullying behaviour towards three youth players in question during the 1990s.
Graham Rix, who spent time in prison for sexual offences in 1999, and Gwyn Williams are the accused. These allegations include physical and verbal attacks. Rix, the then youth-team coach, even allegedly threw hot coffee in one player’s face.
Chelsea have confirmed they are aware of the allegations that have been made and will assist authorities with their investigations.
Both Rix and Williams deny every allegation of racial abuse. The solicitor representing both clients had this to say.
“These allegations were the subject of a thorough investigation by specialist officers of the Metropolitan Police Service. The MPS did not consider there was sufficient evidence even to report it to the CPS. Our clients cooperated with that investigation.
“No correspondence has been sent to our clients or us by these individuals or those representing them. We will of course deal with any allegations if made directly to our clients.
“Our clients are cooperating fully with the FA in this matter.”
Chelsea Football Club also released a statement about the matter.
“We take allegations of this nature extremely seriously.
“We are absolutely determined to do the right thing, to fully support those affected and assist the authorities and support their investigations.”