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Irish Chelsea fan in racist Paris Metro incident banned from football matches for five years

Kate Ferguson

Published 22/07/2015 | 11:22

File photo dated 25/03/15 of Chelsea supporter Richard Barklie, 50, who has been banned from football matches for five years for racially abusing and shoving a black commuter off a Paris Metro train. Chris Radburn/PA Wire
File photo dated 25/03/15 of Chelsea supporter Richard Barklie, 50, who has been banned from football matches for five years for racially abusing and shoving a black commuter off a Paris Metro train. Chris Radburn/PA Wire

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.

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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".

File photos of Chelsea supporters (left to right) Jordan Munday, 20, of Ellenborough Road, Sidcup, south-east London, William Simpson, 26, of Hengrove Crescent, Ashford, Surrey, Richard Barklie, 50, of Victoria Street, Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland and Joshua Parsons, 20, of Woodhouse Place, Dorking, suspected of being involved in an alleged racist incident in Paris in which a black man was prevented from boarding a train who are due to appear at Thames Magistrates' Court, sitting in Stratford, east London today.
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File photos of Chelsea supporters (left to right) Jordan Munday, 20, of Ellenborough Road, Sidcup, south-east London, William Simpson, 26, of Hengrove Crescent, Ashford, Surrey, Richard Barklie, 50, of Victoria Street, Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland and Joshua Parsons, 20, of Woodhouse Place, Dorking, suspected of being involved in an alleged racist incident in Paris in which a black man was prevented from boarding a train who are due to appear at Thames Magistrates' Court, sitting in Stratford, east London today. PA Wire

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".

File photo dated 25/03/15 of Chelsea supporter Richard Barklie, 50, who has been banned from football matches for five years for racially abusing and shoving a black commuter off a Paris Metro train. Chris Radburn/PA Wire
File photo dated 25/03/15 of Chelsea supporter Richard Barklie, 50, who has been banned from football matches for five years for racially abusing and shoving a black commuter off a Paris Metro train. Chris Radburn/PA Wire

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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