Chelsea escaped a partial stadium closure after UEFA closed an investigation into alleged anti-Semitic chants by supporters during a Europa League game against Vidi in Hungary in December without penalty.
Had the charge been upheld, part of Stamford Bridge would have been closed for the home game of Chelsea’s round of 16 game with Dynamo Kiev, scheduled for March 7.
Chelsea still face possible disciplinary action from UEFA over alleged actions by their supporters against Malmö in the Europa League round of 16, with separate charges of throwing objects and invading pitch by supporters which will be considered on March 28.
UEFA opened disciplinary proceedings against Chelsea for racist behavior in January following reports on social media of anti-Semitic chants from the section of Groupama Arena which housed the 1,273 Chelsea fans who had traveled to Budapest.
Shortly after the game, a Chelsea spokesperson condemned the chants, saying they had “shamed the club”.
The decision by UEFA’s Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body is particularly embarrassing for Chelsea, who have gone to great lengths in their attempts to root out anti-Semitism from football since launching a targeted campaign at the request of owner Roman Abramovich in January 2018.
Holocaust survivor Harry Spiro was invited to Cobham to address the first team the same month, while Chelsea sent a delegation to attend the annual March of the Living in Auschwitz the following April.
This was followed in June by an official visit, made up of 150 supporters and club officials, to the Nazi concentration camp.
Chelsea announced in December that they would play for Major League Soccer club New England Revolution in a post-season friendly, titled ‘Game for Change’, as part of their campaign against the anti-Semitism.
Abramovich and Revolutionary owner Robert Kraft, both Jews, pledged to donate $ 1million (£ 778,565) to the fight against anti-Semitism, with all money from ticket sales also going to the cause.