Chelsea to pay damages to four ex-players as racism case against former coaches gets settled

Chelsea have agreed to pay damages to four former players who sued two former coaches for ‘racist bullying’ incidents that occurred in the 90s.

One of the unnamed black players, who is suing Chelsea for aggravated damages, says he was punched on a number of occasions by Graham Rix, formerly the club’s youth-team coach, and was the victim of repeated assaults from Gwyn Williams, the director of youth development.

An out-of-court settlement was reached early on Monday morning, as per The Athletic. They add that each former player will receive a six-figure sum.

Chelsea dealt with the matter themselves instead of taking help of their insurers’ legal team as the Blues wanted to avoid a high court case at all costs.

Representing the claimants, David McClenaghan, partner at Bolt Burdon Kemp, said in court on Monday: “We are grateful for the extra time. We are pleased to let you know that a settlement agreement has been achieved between the parties. There is now no need for a pre-trial.”

The Athletic added: “Chelsea, via their insurers’ lawyers, denied vicarious liability, even though they have previously accepted elsewhere there was a racist culture within the club at that time — and, indeed, issued a public apology two years ago.”

Note that the initial civil claims case was first reported back in August 2021.

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