Irish Chelsea fan in racist Paris Metro incident banned from football matches for five years
Published 22/07/2015 | 11:22
A former policeman and human rights activist has been banned from football matches for five years for racially abusing and shoving a black commuter off a Paris Metro train.
Video showed Frenchman Souleymane Sylla repeatedly pushed off the carriage amid chants of "we're racist, we're racist, and that's the way we like it".
Richard Barklie, 50, a director with the World Human Rights Forum, admitted twice pushing Mr Sylla - but blamed the Parisian for using "aggression" and shouting as he tried to board.
But today district judge Gareth Branston said Barklie joined in the racist chanting of "John Terry is a racist and that's the way we like it".
And he said the former policeman "proved to be a menace" and had "demonstrated aggressive, disorderly conduct".
Previously, Barklie has insisted he is not a racist.
The ex-Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) and Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) officer, from Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland, is currently a director with a human rights organisation - the World Human Rights Forum - and has also worked supporting victims of the Troubles.
The Chelsea season ticket holder was one of the three men whose images were released by Scotland Yard as part of an investigation into a group of supporters who allegedly pushed a black man off the train and chanted a racist song in the French capital on Tuesday.
The incident happened ahead of Chelsea's Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain, which ended 1-1.
Footage posted online showed the commuter - named in reports as Souleymane S - being pushed back on to the platform amid chants of ''we're racist, we're racist and that's the way we like it''.
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