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Chelsea will co-operate with any investigations into allegations of racism and bullying made against former coaches Graham Rix and Gwyn Williams by three former youth team players, the Premier League club said yesterday.

A report in the Guardian newspaper alleged that Rix and Williams racially abused and physically attacked black players during the 1990s.

“We take allegations of this nature extremely seriously,” a Chelsea statement said.

“We are absolutely determined to do the right thing, to fully support those affected, assist the authorities and support their investigations.”

The statement was read out by Chelsea’s director of communications, Steve Atkins, in manager Antonio Conte’s news conference ahead of Saturday’s Premier League match at home against Leicester City. Eddie Johns, the solicitor representing Rix and Williams, released a statement on his clients’ behalf saying: “Our clients deny all and any allegations of racial or other abuse.”

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