Probe into al­leged racist act in­volv­ing Chelsea fans

The Witness - Wheels - - RACING -

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.

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