A video footage has emerged showing a group of Chelsea fans preventing a black man from boarding a metro train in Paris shortly before the team’s Champions League game against Paris Saint-Germain in the city on Tuesday.
The amateur footage shows the black man repeatedly trying to get on the crowded subway train and being pushed off by the fans, who can be heard singing: “We're racist, we're racist, and that's the way we like it.” Some within the group chanted “Chelsea, Chelsea, Chelsea” moments before the incident took place.
According to the Guardian, which first obtained the footage, the incident happened at the Richelieu-Drouot station in the French capital city. After the unidentified man was pushed off twice, another passenger, a black woman, stepped off the train.
Paul Nolan, a British expatriate who filmed the video on his phone, said on Radio 4's Today program that he could also hear mentions of World War II along with other racist slogans. “I think there was a certain amount of pack mentality,” BBC quoted Nolan as saying.
Responding to the incident, Chelsea said that “such behavior is abhorrent and has no place in football or society,” The Associated Press reported.
“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,” a Chelsea spokesperson told BBC.
Here is the video: