Sunday 17 December 2017

Chelsea fan releases impassioned response to Paris Metro racism video

Rory Jennings
Rory Jennings

Simon Rice

A Chelsea fan has released an impassioned video in an attempt to give perspective to the racism storm that has engulfed the club, labelling the perpetrators as "appalling" and "disgraceful".

Video footage emerged of a group of Blues supporters pushing a black man from a Paris Metro train whilst chanting about being racist on the evening of Chelsea's Champions League tie against PSG.

The supporters have been widely condemned and Chelsea have made clear that any supporters found guilty will be issued with life bans from Stamford Bridge.

The man pushed from the train told French newspaper Le Parisian that “these people, these English supporters ought to be found, punished and ought to be locked up. What happened should not go unpunished.”

Despite the strong stance from Chelsea, the footage will undoubtedly damage the reputation of the club. Yet in an attempt to offer a sense of who Chelsea's real supporters are Rory Jennings has released a video on the ChelseaFanChannel on YouTube.

Mr Jennings begins by dealing with the suggestion made by 17-year-old Mitchell McCoy, who was identified as being among those on the Paris Metro train, that the group were singing about Blues captain John Terry and that other passengers were blocked from entry.

Mr Jennings calls that defence "embarrassing and disgraceful" and insists that "I've never heard this chant".

Mr Jennings, who was in Paris for the first-leg Round of 16 Champions League match that ended 1-1, said that using John Terry's "darkest moment" as a  "badge of honour" was disgraceful. "They aren't Chelsea fans as I know them," he says in the video.

He goes on to say that "these people don't belong in society" and that whilst the "torturous viewing" has seen Chelsea supporters "get tarred with this brush... it isn't reflective".

Watch the video below...

Chelsea's match this weekend against Burnley will see the club "celebrate the club’s diversity and inclusion work" in the Blues' second annual Game for Equality.

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