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Roman Abramovich has been hailed as 'even more supportive than ever' at Chelsea, ahead of launching a new anti-Semitism art project at Stamford Bridge.

The Chelsea owner has commissioned a 12-metre mural at the Blues' home ground, that will pay tribute to three Jewish footballers sent to Nazi concentration camps in World War Two.

Chelsea's latest set of accounts revealed Abramovich has invested a further £247million into the west London club, leaving chairman Bruce Buck hailing the owner's continued staunch backing of the Blues.

Roman Abramovich has been praised for his commitment to Chelsea for a new campaign

Roman Abramovich has been praised for his commitment to Chelsea for a new campaign

British-Israeli artist Solomon Souza will complete the new Stamford Bridge mural as part of Chelsea's Say No To Anti-Semitism campaign, and to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27.

Chelsea chairman Buck revealed Abramovich hopes this new project can help further the Blues' fight against discrimination in all forms.

'As far as we're concerned on a day-to-day basis Mr Abramovich is even more supportive than ever, in all aspects of the club,' Chelsea chairman Buck said.

'Mr Abramovich is very interested in art, and he had the idea to raise awareness through this project, for people to focus on the problem.

'So the mural has been developed from that idea, and of course it is being donated by Mr Abramovich. We've always looked at our efforts here as focusing on awareness, and education and remembrance, keeping in mind that history sometimes repeats itself.

'And with the Holocaust, we've got to make sure that it is remembered with the hope that something like that doesn't happen again.

'Recent incidents of discrimination in sport and other areas make this all the more important. Racism and discrimination is not just a football problem, a societal problem that is reflected in football stadia.

The Russian has commissioned a new mural at Stamford Bridge for an anti-Semitism campaign

The Russian has commissioned a new mural at Stamford Bridge for an anti-Semitism campaign

'This piece of art has a football theme and hopefully it will resonate with our fans.

'Mr Abramovich cares deeply about not just anti-Semitism but all forms of discrimination. We've focused on anti-Semitism as a special project even though we continue projects to fight all kinds of discrimination.

'But there hadn't been anything like this as a project and that's why we developed it.'

Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger reported being subjected to racist chanting in the Blues' 2-0 Premier League win at Tottenham on December 22. Tottenham were

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