Police probe ‘racist’ Chelsea fans

Published: Monday 2nd March 2015 by The News Editor

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Police have launched an investigation after reports of racist and abusive behaviour from Chelsea football fans on a train from London to Manchester last night.

British Transport Police (BTP) said they were called to meet the train as it entered Stoke station, and asked four men to leave. F our others left of their own accord.

A BTP spokesman said: “Shortly after 10.30pm on Sunday, 1 March, officers were called to meet a Euston-to-Manchester Piccadilly train at Stoke, following reports of racist and abusive behaviour by a number of passengers, said to be football fans.

“Colleagues from Staffordshire Police also attended. Officers asked four men to leave the train at Stoke. We have spoken to two witnesses, and investigations continue.

“Rail passengers and staff have the right to travel and work in peace. Abusive behaviour on trains and at stations is unacceptable, and we will not hesitate to investigate any such incidents.”

The spokesman said passengers had claimed the abusive fans are Chelsea supporters, but this is being investigated.

BTP did not give details of the abuse or racist language alleged to have been used.

Chelsea were celebrating after winning the League Cup with a 2-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley, but the west London club has been hit by a number of racism incidents among its fans over recent weeks.

Last month Chelsea fans were filmed on the Paris Metro shouting racist chants and refusing to allow a black man on to a train carriage after the Champions League game against Paris Saint-Germain. The club suspended five supporters in connection with the incident.

Another group of fans returning from Paris were heard shouting racist chants at London’s St Pancras station.

There were also ugly scenes at Millwall’s match away to Rotherham United on Saturday.

Riot police had to step in after some Millwall fans turned nasty and tried to invade the pitch.

There were reports of further trouble outside the ground after the game, with two stewards injured and the windscreen of a car containing a disabled home supporter smashed.

Published: Monday 2nd March 2015 by The News Editor

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