Chelsea star Kenedy has been sent home from their preseason tour of Asia following his offensive comments on social media.
The Blues have apologised for the Brazilian’s racial rant on social media, posting “f***ing China” as a caption but have now sent him parking from their preseason tour of Asia.
Kenedy’s post on Instagram made the headlines in China and was even jeered at during Chelsea’s friendly with Arsenal at the Bird’s Nest Stadium in Beijing.
Protests in China have continues despite Chelsea’s departure to Singapore prompting Kenedy to be ordered to return back to the United Kingdom.
Kenedy has been under fire for posting a series of images with captions “f***ing China” and “wake up China you idiot”, in reference to a sleeping security guard.
The Brazilian did apologise, saying: “Hello my friends, just wanna say sorry if someone was sad because I used the expression “porra”, was no racism, just an expression…big hug.”
Reports in Goal have claimed that Chelsea could be banned from the country due to Kenedy’s actions; while some sources also have it that the government has ordered Chinese media to “withdraw all related stories about Chelsea from their dual homepages and news apps”.
The club said in a statement: “On July 22nd, Chelsea Football Club experienced the warmth and friendliness of Chinese fans at the National Stadium.
“However, we were surprised and disappointed that one day prior to the match, one of our young players, Kenedy, posted messages on his social media account that caused great offence and hurt the feelings of the people of China.
“Unfortunately, even though he quickly deleted the messages and apologised, and the club also apologised via our Chinese social media channels, the damage had already been done.
“Chelsea Football Club once again solemnly and sincerely apologises.