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".
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.