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Chelsea legend Petr Cech turns drummer for Christmas single to highlight racial, religious and social injustice

PETR CECH has picked up his drumsticks once again for a Christmas single to highlight inequalities in society.

The Chelsea legend is a keen drummer and has long posted videos of himself playing along to his favourite tracks.

Last Christmas he teamed up with Wycombe Wanderers boss Gareth Ainsworth to release a track to raise money for dementia charities.

And this year the pair have repeated the trick - recording a version of a song that originally featured Blues heroes Didier Drogba and Michael Essien.

Cech told ITV News: “The idea was to make this song alive today with some adjustments to the modern days. In the end I think this song became a completely different thing.”

The original track was entitled ‘Skin’ and released to challenge racism in the wake of the killings of young black men such as Anthony Walker and Stephen Lawrence.

Artist Ian Wills - lead singer of group Wills & The Willing - recorded a version of the original with Chelsea stars Drogba and Essian.

Thirteen years later, Wills has updated the song to raise awareness over racial, religious and wider social issues.


Wills said: “I felt compelled to write Skin: Love Don’t Hate, a new song highlighting the same racial, religious and social injustices but with a new support team to spread the message.”

Cech got involved in the project via Chelsea’s director of football operations David Barnard, who is a close pal of Wills.

Rock and roll-mad Ainsworth has pitched in with backing vocals, as has ITV Sport presenter Reshmin Chowdhury.

Cech has certainly been keeping himself busy since retiring from Arsenal in 2019, who he joined from Chelsea.

The 39-year-old has re-signed for ice hockey outfit Guildford Phoenix, where he has previously played goaltender after leaving the Gunners.

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