Chelsea's Michy Batshuayi Accuses Notorious Atalanta Fans Of Racism

Chelsea loanee Michy Batshuayi has claimed he was racially abused by Atalanta fans while playing for Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League on Thursday (February 22).

Dortmund drew 1-1 with Atalanta in the second leg of their Europa League round of 32 tie at the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia but progressed to the last 16 with a 4-3 aggregate win.

Batshuayi, who joined Dortmund in January on loan until the end of the season, says he heard "monkey noises in the stands" in Bergamo.

"2018 and still racists monkey noises in the stands... really?!" the Belgian striker wrote on Twitter. "Hope you have fun watching the rest of the Europa League on TV while we are through."

It is not the first time the club has experienced problems with racism. Last month, Atalanta was given a one-game stand closure following an incident in which Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly was subjected to racist chants.

Atalanta are yet to comment on the incident involving Batshuayi. The 24-year-old has had a fine start to life in the German Bundesliga, scoring five goals in his first three games, including two against Atalanta in the first leg.

Batshuayi has revealed how he grew frustrated at the lack of playing time he was given by Antonio Conte at Chelsea, sparking his decision to move.

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Mattia Caldara, left, and Michy Batshuayi at The Mapei Stadium, Reggio Emilia, February 22. Batshuayi says he was racially abused by the Atalanta supporters. VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty

"It wasn't always easy at Chelsea. I'm now playing with a lot of confidence," he told Sporza.

"Sitting on the bench, score a goal and then back to the bench is quite difficult to deal with for an attacker."

Conte, Chelsea's Italian coach, preferred to use Eden Hazard as a false number nine when Spanish striker Alvaro Morata was unavailable to the squad in the first half of the season.

Batshuayi scored 12 goals in 26 appearances for Chelsea this season, with two coming for the Under-21 team, and only two coming in the Premier League. He was most prolific in the cup competitions, with eight goals in 12 appearances.

But despite scoring just twice in 12 Premier League games for Chelsea, Batshuayi only completed 90 minutes in the league once—a 4-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion which saw him provide an assist.

Batshuayi was used nine times as a substitute but was only brought on before the 70th minute twice, once in a 3-1 win over Huddersfield in which he came on in the 69th minute and once against Watford in the 69th minute. He scored twice at Vicarage Road.