David Johnstone, A Statement

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“Following an article that appeared on The Athletic, I would like to offer my sincere and honest apologies to all and anyone that was offended.

As a result of the said piece, I will be stepping back from my role as co-Chair of the Chelsea Supporters’ Trust in order that I can devote time to repairing and restoring my reputation.
As a founder of the Chelsea Supporters’ Trust and an ever present member of its Board, my intention has always been to try to represent those who support Chelsea Football Club whatever their race, creed, colour, religion, politics, sexual orientation or identity. Despite the story that appeared on The Athletic website, I feel I have done this without fear or favour.

I understand that my words have caused offence, and I would like to reach out and meet members of Chelsea Pride, or indeed any group, in order to better understand the issues encountered by LGBTI football supporters.

Further to the above, I would welcome the opportunity to attend any diversity classes that the Football Supporters Association recommends”.

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