Probe into alleged racist act involving Chelsea fans
LONDON — Chelsea are awaiting the result of an investigation by French police into an alleged racist incident involving a number of fans at a Paris Metro station yesterday.
The Guardian newspaper obtained footage from a British resident in Paris that appears to show fans stopping a black man from getting on a train.
Fans were then filmed singing: “We’re racist, we’re racist and that’s the way we like it.”
According to the Guardian, a Chelsea FC spokesperson described the behaviour as “abhorrent” and said the Premier League club would support any criminal action.
“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,” the spokesperson said.
The incident happened just over an hour before Chelsea drew 1- 1 with Paris St- Germain in Paris in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16.
Former England international Gary Lineker condemned the actions of the Chelsea fans, saying on twitter their behaviour was “sickening, embarrassing, moronic, disgraceful”.
Fifa president Sepp Blatter also expressed his outrage on the social media platform. “I also condemn the actions of a small group of Chelsea fans in Paris,” he tweeted. “There is no place for racism in football!” — Sapa- DPA.