Seven sought in racist chants probe

Published: Wednesday 25th February 2015 by The News Editor

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Photographs of seven men have been released by police investigating racist chanting at a mainline station following a Chelsea Champions League football match earlier this month.

British Transport Police (BTP) said the images were taken at St Pancras International station in London at around 8pm on February 18.

This was the day after an incident on the Paris Metro before Chelsea’s match with Paris St Germain when a black man was subjected to alleged racist abuse.

BTP Detective Sergeant Steven Graysmark said: “I want anyone who knows the men in the photographs to come forward. I believe the seven, thought to be Chelsea fans, can help us with the investigation.

“Do you know any of the men in the images? If so, please contact BTP.”

Anyone with information on the incident should contact British Transport Police, on 0800 405040, or by text, on 61016, quoting reference B8/ESUB of 24 February 2015.

Information can also be passed anonymously to independent charity Crimestoppers, on 0800 555111.

In a statement today, solicitor John Kaye, who has been engaged by Chelsea fan Jamie Fairbairn, 23, said his client had accepted being among those in the carriage of the Metro train in Paris during the incident involving the black man, Souleymane Sylla, on the evening of February 17.

Mr Kaye added that Mr Fairbairn denies preventing Mr Sylla from boarding or using words of a racist or threatening nature, and also denies saying anything of a racist nature during his visit to Paris or later at St Pancras.

Mr Kaye said Mr Fairbairn was not even present during the alleged racist chanting incident at St Pancras.

The solicitor added that media interest in the story had forced Mr Fairbairn to move away from his home and he had been suspended from work.

“On behalf of Mr Fairbairn, I have been in contact with the Metropolitan Police to offer Mr Fairbairn’s assistance as a witness,” Mr Kaye said.

Published: Wednesday 25th February 2015 by The News Editor

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