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Kenedy sent home from Chelsea’s pre-season tour after insulting China comments

Date Posted,July 24, 2017

Kenedy has been sent home from Chelsea‘s pre-season tour following his insulting social media posts.

The Blues apologised to the people of China and strongly disciplined the Brazilian after the emergence of two videos on social media.

One was captioned “F*** China” and another of a sleeping security guard was tagged: “Wake up China. You idiot.”

Chinese fans accused the 21-year-old of xenophobia and racism, leading to an apology from the player.

However, Kenedy was booed by Chinese fans in Beijing during Saturday’s 3-0 win over Arsenal, and the Blues have now decided to cut short his time in Asia.

Kenedy in action at the Bird’s Nest (Image: Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
Kenedy’s post about a security guard (Image: Kennedy/snapchat)
One of Kenedy’s posts on snapchat (Image: Kennedy/snapchat)

“Hello my friends, just wanna say sorry if someone was sad because I used the expression “porra”, was no racism, just an expression…big hug” the player posted following Saturday’s game.

The Blues offered their own apology for the player’s actions, declaring “his behaviour does not represent the entire team and does not align with the club’s high expectations and strict requirements of its young players.”

A statement from the Blues declared:

“On July 22nd, Chelsea Football Club experienced the warmth and friendliness of Chinese fans at the National Stadium.

Kenedy in action against Arsenal, in China (Image: Chelsea FC via Getty Images)
Kenedy apologises for his comments (Image: Kennedy/snapchat)

“However, we were surprised and disappointed that one day prior to the match, one of our young players, Kenedy, posted messages on his social media account that caused great offence and hurt the feelings of the people of China.

“Unfortunately, even though he quickly deleted the messages and apologised, and the club also apologised via our Chinese social media channels, the damage had already been done. Chelsea Football Club once again solemnly and sincerely apologises.

“Kenedy’s actions were a mistake that he will learn greatly from. His behaviour does not represent the entire team and does not align with the club’s high expectations and strict requirements of its young players. He has been strongly reprimanded and disciplined.

Kenedy has been sent home from the tour (Image: 2017 Getty Images)

“Everyone at Chelsea Football Club has the utmost respect and admiration for China and loves our Chinese fans. It is because of this that the negative impact we have seen over the last two days has left us shocked and saddened. Once again, we sincerely apologise for the hurt caused to our Chinese fans as well as to the Chinese people.

“The match was a great cultural exchange event between China and Britain and the club is extremely grateful to China for its hospitality, which has brought us closer together in friendship. We very much hope to build on our strong relationship with our Chinese fans and friends, joining hands firmly with China in future for further cooperation

“We offer this apology with utmost sincerity. We have listened carefully to the criticism and will use the lessons learnt over the last two days to improve our processes in future.”

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