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Film shows Chelsea fans in Paris Metro incident

Film shows Chelsea fans in Paris Metro incident
Film shows Chelsea fans in Paris Metro incident

18 February 2015 : Footage has emerged which appears to show Chelsea football fans preventing a black man from boarding a Paris train.

In the amateur video, the man repeatedly tries to get on the crowded Metro carriage but is pushed off.

A group of people can be heard singing: “We’re racist, we’re racist and that’s the way we like it.”

The incident took place before a Champions League match in the city. Chelsea FC said it would help police, and any fans involved faced a ban.

The footage was obtained by the Guardian, which reported that the incident happened at Richelieu-Drouot station in the centre of the French capital on Tuesday evening.

One voice is heard singing: “Chelsea, Chelsea, Chelsea.”

British expatriate Paul Nolan, who filmed the incident on his phone, told the BBC it was an “ugly scene” and “very aggressive”.

Speaking on Radio 4’s Today programme he said he could hear mentions of World War Two as well as the racist chanting.

He said he and the people around him all felt quite threatened by the scene. “I think there was a certain amount of pack mentality,” he said.

Mr Nolan told the Guardian that the man trying to board the train was “completely shocked” when he was pushed off.

“I don’t think he realised who they were,” he said.

“There definitely was a culture shock. I heard a couple of French guys saying: ‘I can’t believe this. It’s insane’.”

The Chelsea spokesman said the fans’ actions had “no place in football or society”.

“Should evidence point to the involvement of Chelsea season ticket holders or members of the club, we will take the strongest possible action against them including banning orders,” he added.

Thousands of Chelsea fans were in the French capital for a match against Paris St-Germain, which ended in a 1-1 draw.

Source : BBC Sport


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