“I had to go to the police,” Chelsea ace Reece James opens up about online racist abuse he received last season


“I had to go to the police,” Chelsea ace Reece James opens up about online racist abuse he received last season

Chelsea star Reece James

“Say no to racism”, is the motto of UEFA and they always strive to accomplish it, but have never achieved it. The latest player to come forward worrying about racist issues in European football is Chelsea and England international Reece James. In ‘The sun football’ exclusive, he opened up about racism he had experienced on social media last season.

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“I got messages here and there, I never really had them face to face. I had to go to the police,” he spoke. He also revealed that he had to go to the Police last season for one message in particular, and this is seemingly an investigation still ongoing after tracing it back to a user in the Middle East.

“Whenever I see I report it, but it never ends; most of them have fake accounts”. He admitted that he had to be a victim and that it is something common all around. The now 22-year-old Reece James had struggled a lot with his rise in English top-flight football. Now he has turned out to be a fierce force at the back for both England and Chelsea.

His impeccable forward runs and great physique helped him to defend well and he was also never disappointed in attack whenever his team relied on him. He is currently under rehabilitation due to a knee injury he suffered during his team’s UCL match against AC Milan. As per the latest reports, Reece James will stay out for eight weeks and he is likely to return before Qatar World Cup.

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Chelsea star Reece James and his journey to English Premier League

Chelsea star Reece James

Reece James started training with Chelsea at the age of six. He turned professional with Chelsea in March 2017 at 18 years of age. In his second year for the Chelsea U-18, he won the FA Youth Cup and was named academy player of the season. In the 2018-19 season, he was loaned to Wigan Athletic.

On 25 September 2019, he made his Chelsea senior debut, he became the youngest Champions league goal scorer when he scored the fourth goal in a 4-4 drawn match against Ajax. He had recently extended his contract with Chelsea for another 6 years which will last till 2026.

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