Film shows Chelsea fans in Paris Metro incident

  • 18 February 2015
  • From the section UK
Image of a man being pushed off the metro in Paris Image copyright The guardian

Footage has emerged which appears to show Chelsea football fans preventing a black man from boarding a Paris train.

In the amateur video, the man repeatedly tries to get on the crowded Metro carriage but is pushed off.

A group of people can be heard singing: "We're racist, we're racist and that's the way we like it."

The incident took place before a Champions League match in the city. Chelsea FC said it would help police, and any fans involved faced a ban.

The Metropolitan Police said it was taking the incident "very seriously".

In a statement it said it would assist French authorities to identify the people involved and support them in any action they chose to take.

"We will examine the footage with a view to seeing if we can apply for football banning orders, preventing people from travelling from future matches," a spokesman said.

'Culture shock'

The footage was obtained by the Guardian, which reported that the incident happened at Richelieu-Drouot station in the centre of the French capital on Tuesday evening.

One voice is heard singing: "Chelsea, Chelsea, Chelsea."

Media captionPaul Nolan told Radio 4's Today programme it was a "threatening" scene

British expatriate Paul Nolan, who filmed the incident on his phone, told the BBC it was an "ugly scene" and "very aggressive".

Speaking on Radio 4's Today programme he said he could hear mentions of World War Two as well as the racist chanting.

He said he and the people around him all felt quite threatened by the scene. "I think there was a certain amount of pack mentality," he said.

Mr Nolan earlier told the Guardian that the man trying to board the train was "completely shocked" when he was pushed off.

"I don't think he realised who they were," he said.

"There definitely was a culture shock. I heard a couple of French guys saying: 'I can't believe this. It's insane'."

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The Chelsea spokesman said the fans' actions had "no place in football or society".

"Should evidence point to the involvement of Chelsea season ticket holders or members of the club, we will take the strongest possible action against them including banning orders," he added.

European football governing body Uefa said it was "appalled" by the incident but added: "As it occurred away from the stadium it is outside Uefa's remit to act."

President of Fifa Sepp Blatter also condemned the actions tweeting: "There is no place for racism in football!"

Thousands of Chelsea fans were in the French capital for a match against Paris St-Germain, which ended in a 1-1 draw.

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