‘Race chant’ Chelsea fans in court

Published: Wednesday 25th March 2015 by The News Editor

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Five men will appear in court as police apply for football banning orders after a black man was prevented from boarding a train in Paris by Chelsea supporters.

Controversy erupted when Chelsea fans were filmed singing racist chants and refusing to let the man on the Paris Metro train ahead of a Champions League match against Paris St Germain on February 17.

The French commuter, Souleymane S, said the incident ”destroyed” him and left him unable to work or travel on public transport.

He said his children had been left “traumatised” by reports of what happened and that he had become depressed.

Chelsea supporters chanted: “We’re racist, we’re racist and that’s the way we like it.”

Scotland Yard said five men involved in the incident have been summonsed to attend Waltham Forest Magistrates Court in north-east London, where proceedings will start from 2pm.

They have not been named, but last month a former policeman apologised for his involvement.

Richard Barklie, 50, an ex-Royal Ulster Constabulary and Police Service of Northern Ireland officer, from Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland, insisted he was not a racist person.

A spokesman for the law firm representing him said: ” He did not participate in racist chanting and singing and condemns any behaviour supporting that.

“He accepts he was involved in an incident when a person now known to him as Souleymane S was unable to enter a part of the train.

“He has an account to give to police which will explain the context and circumstances as they prevailed at that particular time.”

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said the club was “appalled” by the racial abuse, adding that owner Roman Abramovich was also “disgusted”.

An investigation revealed earlier this week that Chelsea supporters have been involved in the highest number of reported racist incidents as they travelled to and from matches on trains.

The British Transport Police told the Press Association that since 2012 it had dealt with 15 incidents of alleged racism involving Chelsea fans, the most of any club in the country.

Published: Wednesday 25th March 2015 by The News Editor

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