Victim of Chelsea racism attack thanks Jose Mourinho for invitation but 'will not go to Stamford Bridge'
Souleymane S, who was pushed off a Paris metro train by Chelsea fans, is unwilling to travel to London
Souleymane S, the man pushed off a Paris metro train by Chelsea fans, has said he will not accept the club's offer of a free trip to Stamford Bridge.
Video footage of Souleymane S being denied entry to metro train by a group of supporters travelling to the Champions League tie at Parc des Princes, while they chanted "We're racist, and that's the way we like it", sparked widespread outrage when it emerged on Tuesday night.
Chelsea have suspended a total of men from attending matches after conducting investigations into the incident, with manager Jose Mourinho saying he was "disgusted" and "ashamed" by the incident.
On Friday, Chelsea said they would be writing to Souleymane to apologise for the behaviour of their fans and to offer him the opportunity to come to their stadium for the return leg on Mar 11.
A group of Chelsea supporters even set up a fund to organise his trip to London. Fund organiser Caroline Rice, who has already raised almost all the £2,000 target, told the Mirror: “I was shocked and horrified by the racist event so I have decided to put my money where my mouth is.”
But according to reports in French newspaper Le Parisien, Souleymane - who also received a phone call from French president Francois Hollande in the wake of the attack - is unlikely to take up the offer.
He told the paper: "I appreciate Mr Mourinho's invitation, but I can't get my head around being in a stadium at the moment."
On Friday, Souleymane had spoken of his "fear and shock" at being attacked and reiterated his demand for the pepetrators to face justice.
“What happened has left me really afraid,” he said, in an interview with the Guardian. “I just want justice to be done, no more than that.
“I was a little bit hurt physically but in terms of morale I was hurt a lot. It has really affected my life. I can’t go back into the Metro, it makes me really afraid.