Ramsey sorry for “tarnished” Blues

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Published: Thursday 19th February 2015 by The News Editor

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QPR boss Chris Ramsey says that Chelsea supporters who appeared to prevent a black man from boarding a Paris Metro train are not true fans of football and wants the culprits to be weeded out.

The commuter attempted to board a train at Richelieu-Drouot Metro station on Tuesday but was pushed back more than once by what appeared to be a group of Chelsea fans travelling to the Parc des Princes to watch the Champions League tie against Paris St Germain.

There were also audible chants of “We’re racist and that’s the way we like it” from the same group after the incident was filmed by a fellow Metro user.

Chelsea have said they will ban any fans implicated while the victim in the incident, named by French newspaper Le Parisien as French-Mauritian Souleymane S, wants them to serve custodial sentences.

Recently-appointed Hoops boss Ramsey, the only black manager in the Premier League, condemned the whole affair when questioned about it during his press conference ahead of Saturday’s game at fellow strugglers Hull.

“I don’t believe that they are Chelsea fans,” he said.

“I don’t believe that they are fans of football. They are acting in a manner we all think is a thing of the past. I wouldn’t be blaming Chelsea Football Club for that. If you have people with those views they are intrinsic in every day life.

“It would be good to know what the authorities are going to do to weed these people out and what sanctions they will enforce to make this an avoidable situation in the future. Had it not been caught on camera….it was probably something that was going on before, we can’t look at it as a single situation, they were just caught at that time.”

Ramsey, 52, distanced Chelsea from the incident having suffered from racist abuse since he first started out in the game.

“Chelsea is a massive club and do good things in the community and I feel sorry that they have been tarnished with this brush,” the said.

“Sometimes you can’t control what people do in their personal lives. As much as it is something that has happened in football, these are really social issues that manifest themselves in the real world.

“I started in 1978 so take from that what you may. Things were very, very different and through the 80s, 90s and up to now. Racism is not something that gets eradicated, it gets shuffled about and hidden in places you wouldn’t believe.

“I have suffered from it, I don’t want to go into the details. I don’t want it to be about me, I want to focus on what happened in that situation in Paris so everyone shines a spotlight on that and that it doesn’t happen again.

“It is a reminder that it is still there, I’m sure there are people trying their best to make sure it stays out of the public eye – there are people with these views and we need to keep them away from the game.”

Published: Thursday 19th February 2015 by The News Editor

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