Report: Chelsea to pay damages to four former players amid 1990s racist bullying allegations
Chelsea have agreed to pay damages to four former Blues players after taking civil action against the club over allegations they were racially bullied in the 1990s, according to Athletic.
The Blues were keen to avoid going to trial at the High Court with the case, will instead pay damages.
According to Athletic, Chelsea will pay a six-figure sum to each person racially bullied in the 1990s.
The report states: “An out-of-court settlement was reached early Monday morning – before a preliminary hearing was due to take place at the High Court in London – after intensive discussions between the two legal camps over the past week.
“Chelsea were so keen to avoid a trial in the High Court that the club also took the unusual step of wriggling out of their insurers’ legal team, who would usually control such matters, to deal with the matter themselves.”
So, instead of going to trial, the Blues will pay each player an unspecified six-figure sum.
The trial was due to take place in March and last five weeks, with 62 witnesses from some of the biggest names working in Chelsea under the ownership of Ken Bates.
The charges related to youth team coaches working for the Blues in the 1990s, long before Roman Abramovich took over the club.
David McClenaghan, who represented the victims, said: “We are grateful for the additional time. We are pleased to let you know that a settlement agreement has been reached between the parties. There is no longer a need for a pretrial.”
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