An incident on Tuesday evening on a Paris metro train has sparked a sense of disgust in football fans around the world. A group of Chelsea fans were seen denying a black man from boarding the train, pushing him off each time he tried to step up into the carriage. They spoke aggressively to him, singing racist songs, speaking of the second world war, and chanting “we’re racist, we’re racist and that’s the way we like it”. The man was said to have looked extremely shocked at what was happening.
Paul Nolan, a british expatriate who was at the scene, which occurred at the Richelieu-Drouot station, filmed the incident on his mobile phone, and released this on the internet, where it quickly went viral. Thousands of Chelsea fans were in Paris at the time, for a Champion’s League match against Paris team St-Germain, which ended in a draw. Nolan later spoke out on a Radio 4 programme, to tell listeners about the ugly scene, and exactly what happened.
A spokesperson for Chelsea spoke out about the incident, stating their shock at the situation. They have offered to help the police with the investigation in every way possible. They have also said that if the fans are holders of season tickets, they would take these away and make sure that all of the individuals involved face a permanent ban from the football club, as well as any Chelsea matches.