Chelsea ban six supporters from Stamford Bridge for use of racist language
Chelsea announced that it had reached the conclusion separately, not taking into account the decision of the police to not initiate criminal prosecutions
The Premier League club have also temporarily excluded five other supporters for periods of between one and two years for the use of abusive language
Chelsea said they had delayed reaching a decision in the cases in order to ensure they did not prejudice the related police investigation
The Crown Prosecution Service recently announced it had elected not to initiate any criminal prosecutions
London: Chelsea have permanently banned one supporter from Stamford Bridge for the use of racially abusive language and aggressive behaviour during last season's home game with Manchester City.
The Premier League club have also temporarily excluded five other supporters for periods of between one and two years for the use of abusive language and threatening and aggressive behaviour at the fixture on 8 December.
Chelsea, who have not released any names over the incidents, said they had delayed reaching a decision in the cases in order to ensure they did not prejudice the related police investigation. The Crown Prosecution Service recently announced that it had elected not to initiate any criminal prosecutions.
According to the club, all individuals sanctioned as a result of their investigation were offered the right to appeal and, where applicable, those appeals have been heard.
Referring to the supporter handed a lifetime ban from the ground, a club statement on Tuesday read: "While the club respects the decision of the CPS (not to charge the individual with a criminal offence), the question that it had to determine was not whether a criminal offence had been committed, but rather whether the individual acted in breach of the ticketing terms and conditions."
"In this regard, the club operates to the civil standard of proof, which is entirely different from the criminal standard."
"In reaching its decision, the club took into account the denial made by the individual as well as a range of other evidence, including video evidence and evidence from two lip-reading experts — both of whom advised that the individual had used words that are racially abusive."
The statement added: "In this case, the behaviour of all six individuals crossed the line of what is acceptable."
Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck had, in December, blamed a "deeply unpleasant but vocal minority" for shaming the club's fans in an open letter following incidents of abuse.
Tuchel admitted this week that Lukaku has suffered from mental and physical fatigue amid a draining schedule for club and country.
The Guardian newspaper reported 18 clubs voted in favour of the ban at an emergency meeting on Monday, with Newcastle voting against and Manchester City abstaining. It is understood that both questioned the legality of the move.
Bruce, who left his job by "mutual consent" two weeks after a Saudi-led takeover, admitted he could walk away from the game, such was the level of vitriol directed at him and his family.