Chelsea have dismissed newspaper reports claiming that manager Avram Grant has received death threats.
The Sunnewspaper claimed that ‘a package containing vile racist threats and a suspect white powder’ had been sent to the club’s training ground on Monday.
The reports claimed it was the second time that Grant had been targeted following claims of a similar incident in February.
But Chelsea have responded to the allegations and have denied reports that the Israeli coach has been the subject of threats.
A club statement read: “Reports in the media this morning regarding a threat sent to our training ground against Avram Grant are totally incorrect.”
Grant was subjected to racist abuse by some sections of Chelsea’s support following his appointment to replace Jose Mourinho as manager last September. Many fans were unhappy with the decision to dismiss Mourinho, and Grant, who had been working as director of football at the club, was accused of having undermined the Portuguese.
Grant was heavily criticised for Chelsea’s Carling Cup final defeat to Tottenham and FA Cup exit to Barnsley, with supporters chanting the name of Mourinho.