Tuesday 26 September 2017

Chelsea suspend three supporters and threaten life bans following racist Paris Metro incident

Declan Whooley

Declan Whooley

Chelsea has suspended three supporters following video footage of fans blocking a black man from boarding a train on Tuesday night.

Chelsea played out a 1-1 draw in the Champions League against Paris Saint Germain but the match was overshadowed by the racist incident which was captured on video by another passenger on the platform at the Richelieu-Drouot metro station prior to the match.

The Paris prosecutor's office has started an investigation to find the Chelsea fans responsible for chanting "we're racist and that's the way we like it" as they stopped a black man boarding a Paris train on Tuesday.

The premier League club has said that action has already been taken.

"Chelsea Football Club is suspending three people from Stamford Bridge as a result of investigations into the incident on the Paris Metro on Tuesday evening," a statement read this evening.

"If it is deemed there is sufficient evidence of their involvement in the incident, the club will issue banning orders for life.

"We have received substantial information to date following our witness appeal and we are grateful to the many Chelsea supporters who have provided information so far.

"We also continue to cooperate fully with the Metropolitan and Paris police forces who lead the ongoing criminal investigation.

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