Chelsea Rocked As Two Former Coaches Are Accused of Racism and Bullying

Chelsea have been rocked as three former youth-team players made legal claims against the club with allegations that black players suffered racial abuse and bullying at the hands of coaches.

Graham Rix, who spent six months in prison for sexual offences against a 15-year-old girl, and Gwyn Williams, were named in the allegations that include racial slurs and physical abuse, which was revealed on Friday (January 12) by The Guardian's Daniel Taylor.

Chelsea notified both the Football Association and the police after the claims were made, which include Rix allegedly throwing a cup of hot coffee in the face of one of the club's youth players. A seven-month police investigation found insufficient evidence, the report says, but Chelsea have launched their own inquiry, as well as offering in-house counselling, while the FA has interviewed two players.

Williams, 68, was a prominent figure at Chelsea for a quarter of a century after joining the club in 1979. He is the man credited for discovering former captain John Terry, and was so close with former Chelsea owner Ken Bates that he followed him to Leeds United as technical director. Williams was dismissed in 2013 for gross misconduct after emailing pornographic content to colleagues.

Williams and Rix, who were members of the backroom staff when Glenn Hoddle, Ruud Gullit and Gianluca Vialli managed at Chelsea, created a "feral environment" at the club," according to evidence submitted to the FA.

Rix or Williams are alleged to have called a player a "darkie," a "nignog," a "black bastard," a "wog," "midnight," "jigaboo," as well as other insults. The same person, an outfield player, claims to have been substituted by Rix for a reserve goalkeeper in a humiliating incident while in Spain, which was followed by abuse in the showers. Rix, 60, allegedly shouted "that if his heart was as big as his cock, he would be a great player that ran more."

Graham Rix
Graham Rix in Arnhem, Holland, August 5, 1998. Rix, a former assistant manager at Chelsea, has been accused of racial abuse by ex-youth team players. Ben Radford /Allsport

Rix, who was put on the sex offenders' register for 10 years, was reinstated by Chelsea after being released from Wandsworth Prison. He was a coach when Vialli's team won the FA Cup in 2000, has been assistant to Gullit, and was caretaker manager when Vialli left the club. He also managed at Portsmouth, Oxford United and Hearts, as well as working at Glenn Hoddle's Soccer Academy in Spain.

One of the former youth team players was offered a youth training scheme when Rix was manager of the academy team and Williams was youth development officer. Gullit was manager of the first-team after Hoddle left to take charge of England.

"The amount of times I wanted to say something to Ruud Gullit," the player says in his interview with the FA. "But Ruud Gullit didn't even know what was going on. They didn't do these things in front of Ruud."

The player says that when he asked Rix to stop "digging me out" he was struck on the back of the head and kicked during a training session when sat on the floor, according to the evidence.

Rix allegedly threw a cup of coffee in the face of the same player when he had decided to stand up to the coach after, according to evidence, he had asked him whether he had "tried to fuck any of our white girls" over the weekend.

A statement from Chelsea read: "We take allegations of this nature extremely seriously. We are absolutely determined to do the right thing, to fully support those affected, assist the authorities and support their investigations."

Both Rix and Williams declined to comment.