Chelsea investigating video footage of fan abusing John McGinn during Villa win

Chelsea have launched an investigation into video footage of a fan hurling sectarian abuse at Aston Villa's John McGinn during their match on Saturday evening.

In a clip uploaded to social media, a supporter can be seen shouting a barrage of abuse at the Scotland international as he prepares to take a corner for Villa.

The footage has marred the Blues' comfortable 3-0 victory over Villa at Stamford Bridge at the weekend as Thomas Tuchel's side continued their unbeaten start to the season.

Aston Villa have thanked Chelsea for their swift action in launching an investigation into the abhorrent abuse.

In a club statement, Chelsea said: "We are aware of a video circulating on social media showing an individual using abusive language of a sectarian nature in the crowd at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

"Chelsea Football Club finds all forms of discriminatory behaviour totally unacceptable and we condemn the language used.

"The Club is working to identify the person involved and will take the strongest possible action against them."

Chelsea also urged supporters present in the area of the ground where the footage was from or that have useful information to contact the club.

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Glasgow-born midfielder McGinn has played for both St. Mirren and Hibernian in Scotland in the past before he moved to Villa Park in 2018.

Villa thanked Chelsea for their quick response to the footage in a club statement: "Aston Villa are grateful to our friends at Chelsea FC for their swift and decisive action in both condemning the bigotry aimed at John McGinn at Stamford Bridge and in launching an investigation to identify the culprit."

Chelsea won the match 3-0 on Saturday night with a Romelu Lukaku brace either side of Mateo Kovacic's third ever Chelsea goal to maintain their unbeaten start to the season.

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