Chelsea fans victim wants action

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Published: Thursday 19th February 2015 by The News Editor

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The black man pushed off a Paris Metro train by Chelsea football fans chanting a racist song has said the perpetrators must be punished.

The man, identified only as 33-year-old Souleymane, told Le Parisien newspaper he initially did not understand the supporters’ chants of “We’re racist and that’s the way we like it” as he does not speak English.

He said: ” I understand they were attacking me because of the colour of my skin.

“I live with racism. I was not really surprised by what happened to me even if it was a first in the subway.

“I intend to talk to anti-racism organisations. These people, these English fans, must be found and punished … What happened should not go unpunished.”

The fans’ actions have been condemned around the world after video footage of the incident went viral.

Scotland Yard detectives have said they are examining the footage, while Chelsea have vowed to support any criminal prosecutions.

Supporters on social media have claimed to have identified some of those on board the carriage at the time of the incident, while many of the West London club’s own fans have condemned the racist chanting.

But a supporter who was on the train claimed the man was pushed because he was a Paris St Germain (PSG) fan rather than for being black. The supporters were travelling to the Parc des Princes ground for Chelsea’s Champions League match against PSG on Tuesday evening, which ended in a 1-1 draw.

Season ticket-holder Mitchell McCoy, 17, from Fulham in London, was among 40 or 50 Chelsea fans on the train when the incident was filmed by British expat Paul Nolan.

Speaking to Press Association Sport, Mitchell said: “We got on the train and at the station where the man was trying to get on we stopped for a couple of minutes.

“He tried to get on and a few people were pushing him off because there wasn’t much space on the carriage. You couldn’t move.

“People were saying it was because he was black. It’s not true at all. I personally think it’s because he was a PSG fan. Obviously they didn’t want him anywhere with us.”

Mr Nolan told The Guardian that the group pushed a couple of PSG supporters out of the train before the black man.

He also said the fans threw coins at onlookers on the platform.

Prime Minister David Cameron said the incident appeared to be “extremely disturbing and very worrying”, while TV football pundit and former England captain Gary Lineker described it as “sickening, embarrassing, moronic, disgraceful”.

Published: Thursday 19th February 2015 by The News Editor

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