Chelsea fans block Parisian black man from taking train
The Premier League club has refused to comment on the incident, according to the British press
Fans from Chelsea FC reportedly refused to let a black man board a metro on Tuesday in the French capital.
In the video, which emerged on social media, the supporters appeared chanting “We’re racist, we’re racist and that’s the way we like it.”
They were forcefully pushing the man back on to the platform at the Richelieu-Drouot station while he was trying to get on the train.
The Premier League club strongly condemned the incident.
“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.” Chelsea said according to The Guardian.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter and UEFA have joined Chelsea in condemning the incident.
“I also condemn the actions of a small group of Chelsea fans in Paris. There is no place for racism in football,” Blatter wrote on Twitter.
UEFA's statement read: “We are appalled by the incident which took place in the Paris Metro on Tuesday.”
However, European soccer's ruling body, which also has a zero tolerance policy towards racism in stadiums, distanced itself from being able to take action against the fans or the London club.
“As it occurred away from the stadium, it is outside UEFA's remit to act,” it said.
“It is a matter for the local authorities to investigate further and UEFA supports any action that is taken.”
France’s Paris St Germain (PSG) played Chelsea for the first game of the two-leg aggregate matchup in the round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League.
Tuesday night’s game saw PSG settling for a 1-1 draw against Chelsea.
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