Five face court over Paris ‘racism’

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Published: Wednesday 11th March 2015 by The News Editor

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Five men involved in incidents on the Paris Metro ahead of a Chelsea match have been served with summonses, police have said.

The men will appear at Waltham Forest Magistrates’ Court on March 25 “regarding a police application for football banning orders”, Scotland Yard said.

Controversy erupted last month when Chelsea fans were filmed singing racist chants and refusing to let a black man on a train ahead of a Champions League match against Paris St Germain.

A Metropolitan Police statement said the summonses were served today and yesterday.

The development comes on the day that the two teams meet in the return leg of the tie in London. They will compete for a place in the Champions League quarter-finals at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge stadium tonight.

Football banning orders are issued by courts following a conviction for a football-related offence after a complaint by the Crown Prosecution Service or a local police force, the Home Office website says.

They can last for between three and 10 years. Breaches of the orders can result in a sentence of up to six months in prison.

Published: Wednesday 11th March 2015 by The News Editor

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