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Chelsea fans are pictured with hooligan flag bearing 'SS death's head' Nazi symbol before controversial Budapest match where supporters chanted antisemitic songs

  • The Chelsea fans posed with the shocking banner outside of a bar in Budapest 
  • Hooligan firm Chelsea Headhunters' flag had the insignia of the 'SS death's head'
  • Fans have already been criticised for chanting antisemitic songs during match

By Danyal Hussain and Adam Crafton for MailOnline

Published: 16:58 EST, 15 December 2018 | Updated: 17:16 EST, 15 December 2018

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A group of Chelsea fans travelling to Budapest for a European game posed outside a bar with a homemade flag that was branded with a Nazi death symbol. 

The shocking image showed fans holding a banner with the SS Totenkopf insignia - an infamous SS group referred to as the 'Death's Head Division'. 

During the controversial match against Hungarian side Vidi, some Chelsea fans also chanted antisemitic songs. 

The Chelsea fans held a banner with the SS Totenkopf insignia on it - a infamous SS group referred to as the 'Death's Head Division'
The Chelsea fans held a banner with the SS Totenkopf insignia on it - a infamous SS group referred to as the 'Death's Head Division'

The Chelsea fans held a banner with the SS Totenkopf insignia on it - a infamous SS group referred to as the 'Death's Head Division'

Chelsea Headhunters, the name of the football club's hooligan firm, was printed on the banner, which was displayed ahead of Thursday’s match against Vidi. 

The flag, an adapted version of the Northern Irish flag, also stated ‘No Surrender’ and included the SS Totenkopf skull, which has been used by modern far-right groups to represent the extermination camps ran by the Germans during the Nazi rule. 

The shocking photos are just the latest controversial incident to hit the football club and its fans.

Chelsea had already publicly condemned their supporters and urged them to ‘summon brainpower’ after they sang an anti-Semitic chant that disparagingly referred to Tottenham fans as ‘Yids'.  

Last week, England and Manchester City star Raheem Sterling was also viciously abused by Chelsea supporters during Manchester City's defeat at Stamford Bridge.

Four Chelsea fans were later suspended by the club.      

The Chelsea Headhunters are a hooligan firm who were particularly active in the 1970s and 1980s, with links to far-right groups in the UK. 

The Guardian reported that Chelsea were aware of a travelling band who went to Budapest without tickets.

However, the club hope that the banner did not enter the stadium. 

As the club have an away fans ticket scheme, any supporter in possession of such a flag would risk punishment from the club. 

UEFA, meanwhile, await official reports from the game in Budapest before deciding whether to charge Chelsea. 

In the worst case scenario, the club could face a partial stadium closure. 

The incidents come despite a determine antisemitism campaign run by the football club. 

Owner Roman Abramovich, who is Jewish, supports the campaign which last season saw Holocaust survivor Harry Spiro address players at the training ground.

Delegations from the club also visited the Auschwitz concentration camp.

Abramovich is believed to be concerned by the past week’s events and is reported to have asked to have been made aware of Chelsea’s approach to dealing with discriminatory incidents.  

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