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Chelsea condemns racist Paris train fans

Chelsea Football Club said Wednesday it was prepared to ban self-proclaimed racist fans who were filmed preventing a black man from boarding a Paris subway train, saying their behaviour was "abhorrent".

Chelsea condemns racist Paris train fans

London: Chelsea Football Club said Wednesday it was prepared to ban self-proclaimed racist fans who were filmed preventing a black man from boarding a Paris subway train, saying their behaviour was "abhorrent".

Amateur footage obtained by The Guardian newspaper captured the incident in a Metro station shortly before Chelsea`s Champions League march with Paris Saint-Germain in the French capital on Tuesday evening.

It shows a group of men chanting "Chelsea, Chelsea" standing in a packed train waiting at a platform.

The unidentified black man repeatedly tried to squeeze into the carriage and they aggressively pushed him back. The film then cuts to them chanting: "We`re racist, we`re racist, and that`s the way we like it."

In a statement, Chelsea said: "Such behaviour is abhorrent and has no place in football or society.

"We will support any criminal action against those involved, and should evidence point to involvement of Chelsea season-ticket holders or members the club will take the strongest possible action against them, including banning orders."

Former England striker Stan Collymore, who campaigns against racism, tweeted: "Chelsea fans. Save your spite for those on the train, I`m sure you`ll want to see them banned from holding season tickets at your club."

The footage was filmed by Paul Nolan, a Briton living in Paris. He told The Guardian he was "completely appalled" by what he saw at Richelieu-Drouot station in central Paris.

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