Chelsea apologize to man racially abused, Mourinho shame
Chelsea have invited Souleymane and his family to watch the last-16 return leg against PSG at Stamford Bridge next month
Chelsea apologized on Friday to the man who was racially abused by fans before a Champions League match and team manager Jose Mourinho spoke of his shame over the incident.
Supporters of the Premier League leaders were caught on camera preventing a black man, identified only as Souleymane, from boarding a Metro train while chanting racist comments before the 1-1 draw at Paris St Germain on Tuesday.
“I would like to make clear on behalf of everyone at the club our disgust with regards to the incident that took place on the Paris subway on Tuesday evening,” Chelsea communications director Steve Atkins said in a statement.
“We were appalled by what we saw. The club would also like to apologise unreservedly to Souleymane for the behaviour of a small number of individuals and their unforgivable actions towards him.”
Chelsea have invited Souleymane and his family to watch the last-16 return leg against PSG at Stamford Bridge next month.
“I think he would watch not only the game but he would feel what Chelsea is,” Mourinho told reporters.
“At this moment he will have the wrong idea of what Chelsea is. He would feel the people who did this action are not Chelsea,” the Portuguese added.
“We feel ashamed but maybe we shouldn't because I refuse to be connected with these people.”
Mourinho said his multi-cultural squad were affected by the incident.
“The dressing-room reacted the way I react, with disappointment ... but always with the feeling we do not belong to these people and they do not belong to us,” he added.
Chelsea banned two more people on Friday, bringing the total to five, from Stamford Bridge as they continued to work with the London and Paris police in the ongoing investigation into the incident.
“If it is deemed there is sufficient evidence of their involvement in the incident the club will issue banning orders for life,” the London team said in a statement.
“We are grateful to the many Chelsea supporters and others who have provided information.”
The United Nations (U.N.) said it had been working with world and European soccer governing bodies FIFA and UEFA to tackle racism in the sport.
“The events in the Richelieu-Drouot Metro station in Paris show that much work remains to be done before racism is truly eradicated from sport, let alone from society at large,” the UN said in a statement.