Chelsea apologizes for Kenedy's offensive Instagram messages

Chelsea apologizes for Kenedy's offensive Instagram messages

Pre-season tours of far-flung countries have become a staple for Premier League clubs hoping to tap into lucrative new markets but as Chelsea have discovered such trips can be risky.

The 21-year-old Brazilian was widely booed during Chelsea's match with Arsenal in Beijing's on Saturday after his insulting Instagram messages were shared.

"[The Chelsea Football Club] has not published any statement for an apology".

"This behaviour fell well below the very high standards we expect of our players".

Kennedy also made an apology of his own, posted on the club's official website on Monday, which said: "I would like to apologise to the people of China for the office I have caused".

"Even though Kenedy and Chelsea Football club have both apologized the matter can not be dropped". The posts included a profanity relating to China and a message mocking a security guard he photographed.

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The first contained the caption, "Porra china" - which some have translated to, "F*ck China".

"Chelsea football club apology to Chinese people for player's offensive social media posts", said a club statement which appeared in English and Chinese.

The Brazilian has been restricted to 15 games in two seasons for the London club since his US$8.2m arrival from Fluminense in his homeland, and spent part of last season on loan at fellow EPL side Watford.

Chelsea says "the negative impact we have seen over the last two days has left us shocked and saddened".

'The match was a great cultural exchange event between China and Britain and the club is extremely grateful to China for its hospitality, which has brought us closer together in friendship.

Kenedy is now facing an uncertain future at Stamford Bridge but, of equally pressing concern, is the outcome of an FA investigation into his comments.

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