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Chelsea reacts to Jackson's racial abuse

Nicholas Jackson

Chelsea say they are "disgusted by the racial abuse directed at Nicolas Jackson through social media". According to the London club, the abuse occurred after the FA Cup semi-final defeat by Manchester City on Saturday.

Mauricio Pochettino's team lost 1:0 to City at Wembley. During the match, Jackson had three good chances, which he did not convert into a goal.

"There is no place in society for any form of discrimination. As a club, we have a zero-tolerance approach to any incident of this nature," reads further in a statement from Chelsea, published on Monday.

"The club will support any prosecution and will take the strongest possible action, including bans, against any individual who has committed abuse and is found to be an annual ticket holder or member."

Senegal striker Jackson joined Chelsea from Villarreal last summer. The 22-year-old has scored 13 goals this season, ten of them in the Premier League.

Chelsea have offered full support to Jackson.

"He is our main striker, the only striker we have ready," said Chelsea coach Pochettino before Tuesday's game against Arsenal.

"He's doing a fantastic job. They did a fantastic job for the team. He runs, scores goals, gives assists. It's only his first season. He's a young guy, he came from Spain, although he didn't have much experience there either. If we want to compare the player with the iconic players of the club, if we compare him with Didier Drogba, clearly he will lose. But Jackson will have my utmost support. Even if he doesn't score goals, he contributes a lot with the way he fights for the club and his teammates. He creates chances. He needs time to improve. He will certainly be better in the next edition. There is no doubt about that," added Pochettino.