Chelsea send Kenedy home from Asia after offensive posts

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Chelsea's Kenedy, right, challenges for the ball with Arsenal's Mohamed El Neny during their teams’ friendly soccer match in Beijing, China, Saturday, July 22. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
Chelsea’s Kenedy, right, challenges for the ball with Arsenal’s Mohamed El Neny during their teams’ friendly soccer match in Beijing, China, Saturday, July 22. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

London (AP) — Chelsea have sent Brazilian defender Kenedy home from their Asian tour after he made offensive comments about China on social media.

Kenedy and Chelsea previously issued apologies for the comments made ahead of Chelsea’s 3-0 friendly win over Arsenal in Beijing on Sunday.

The since-deleted messages featured a profanity relating to China and a message mocking a security guard he photographed. The 21-year-old was “strongly reprimanded and disciplined,” Chelsea said Sunday.

Chelsea are now in Singapore for friendlies against Bayern Munich and Inter Milan.

Kenedy was sent to Watford on loan last season, where he played just one Premier League game, in part due to a knee injury. He then made another league appearance for Chelsea after the loan was cut short.