18 Feb 2015

UEFA and Chelsea condemn racist behaviour; ...Chelsea fans refuse to let black passenger on train

Chelsea have vowed to take ‘the strongest possible action’ against fans who prevented a black man boarding a train in Paris.

A video has emerged showing a group of Chelsea fans shouting and gesturing at a man as he tried to board a metro train in Paris on Tuesday.

The amateur footage, which has been posted online, shows the fans pushing the man out of the carriage before chanting “we’re racist and that’s the way we like it”.

The group were travelling to the Parc des Princes ground for the Champions League match between Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea.

The Premier League club released a statement on Wednesday condemning the incident.
“Such behaviour is abhorrent and has no place in football or society,” the statement read.

“We will support any criminal action against those involved in such behaviour, and should evidence point to the involvement of Chelsea season ticket holders or members the club will take the strongest possible action against them including banning orders.”
Chelsea are unlikely to face any sanctions, however, as the incident did not take place at the stadium.
“UEFA condems all forms of discrimination and we are appalled by the incident which took place in the Paris Metro on Tuesday. However, as it occurred away from the stadium, it is outside UEFA’s remit to act,” a statement from the football body said.

“It is a matter for the local authorities to investigate further and UEFA supports any action that is taken.” 
Credit: Michelle/Setanta Sport

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