Sunday 22 October 2017

Chelsea fan in Paris Métro video posed for picture with UKIP leader Nigel Farage

Joshua Parsons and UKIP leader Nigel Farage
Joshua Parsons and UKIP leader Nigel Farage

A Chelsea fan filmed in the video while racist chants were sung in a Paris Métro station is reportedly a UKIP supporter and was snapped in a photo with leader Nigel Farage.

Joshua Parsons, who was identified from a number of sources as being in the controversial video, posted a pictured of himself on his Instagram account four months ago alongside Farage with the message: “UKIP BOYS! What a geezer.”

Parsons has since deleted his Instagram, Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Wearing a black, hooded jacket, Parsons can be seen in the Paris video after those around him appear to have chanted: “We’re racist, we’re racist and that’s the way we like it.”

The 21-year-old's aunt Louise told the London Evening Standard: “He is a lovely boy and has never been in any trouble. He is a lifelong Chelsea fan and that has never been a problem. I have seen the footage but have not yet spoken to him. “We do not know what to make of it but it is a shock to the family. He is a lovely gentle boy who would not hurt anyone.”

The black man who was blocked from boarding a Paris Metro train by Chelsea supporters has called for those involved to be jailed.

In an interview with Le Parisien, the man named by the newspaper as French-Mauritian Souleymane S says he could not bear to tell his wife or children about what occurred on Tuesday afternoon at the Richelieu-Drouot Metro station.

He was pushed back by what appeared to be a group of fans travelling to the Parc des Princes for the Champions League match against Paris St Germain.

A chant of ''We're racist and that's the way we like it'' from the Chelsea fans was clearly audible on a video of the incident.

The man, reported by Le Parisien to be a chief operating officer at a business close to the Metro station, told the newspaper: "These people, these English supporters, have to be found, punished and should be locked up. What happened shouldn't go unpunished."

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