English FA contact Chelsea about Kenedy's social media posts


China's football authorities issued a terse warning to Chelsea and a reminder about the conduct of their players in the aftermath of the diplomatic incident sparked by Kenedy's social media activity.

As the strength of opinion in China became clear, Chelsea stepped in to issue a long and solemn apology on their official website and took the decision to send Kenedy home.

Fans in China accused Kenedy of xenophobia and racism, leading to an apology from the player after Chelsea's 3-0 win over London rivals Arsenal in a pre-season friendly in Beijing on Saturday and he quickly deleted the posts.

The Chinese FA has encouraged Chelsea to take serious notice of the backlash that they received after promising youngster Kenedy posted two offensive posts to his Instagram.

Kenedy has since apologised and Chelsea followed suit, confirming the player has been disciplined for his actions.

The 21-year-old returned to the United Kingdom on Tuesday after being sent home by the reigning Premier League champions.

A statement from the Blues read: "Kenedy's actions were a mistake that he will learn greatly from".

"Everyone at Chelsea Football Club has the utmost respect for the Chinese people, who have been the most incredible hosts and we are extremely grateful for their hospitality".

"Once again, we sincerely apologise for the hurt caused to our Chinese fans as well as to the Chinese people".

The team play against Inter Milan in Singapore on Saturday. "It was never my intention to insult or offend anyone at all and I now realise that my comments were totally inappropriate". He then made another league appearance for Chelsea after the loan was cut short.