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Tuesday 16 January 2018

What should I tell my kids? That their dad was shoved off the metro for being black? - Chelsea racists attack victim speaks out

London club and police vow to hunt down Paris thugs

The victim of Tuesday's racist attack by Chelsea supporters on the Paris metro has called for the perpetrators to be jailed.

A 33-year-old called 'Souleymane S', who is claiming to be the black man pushed off a train by Chelsea fans, spoke for the first time about his ordeal to French paper Le Parisien.

British police are examining video footage of the incident and are helping their French colleagues identify the Chelsea supporters, who were also filmed chanting "We're racist and that's the way we like it".

Souleymane S was quoted as saying: "I wanted to get into the car but a group of English fans blocked me and pushed me away. I tried to force my way on. In the scramble, I lost my phone.

"They told me things in English but I did not really understand what they were saying. I do not speak a word of English.

"I understand also that they were attacking me because of the color of my skin. You know, I live with racism, I was not really surprised by what happened to me even if it was a first in the metro.

"I stayed there a long time, facing them. Somebody came up to me straight after to tell me I had been very brave to stand up to these people in that way.

"I went home without talking to anyone about what happened - not my wife, or my children. And what should I tell my kids? That their dad was shoved off the metro because he is black? That wouldn't do any good.

"These people, these English fans must be found, punished and locked up. What happened should not go unpunished."

Separately, The Sun newspaper named one of the fans on the train as being 21-year-old finance worker Josh Parsons. The paper said Parsons had been identified from video footage of the incident and that profiles of him on social media wearing Chelsea colours had been taken down after the footage was made public.

There is no suggestion that he was involved in the pushing or chanting, but he could be pursued by police as a key witness.

Another of the fans on the train was named as Mitchell McCoy, 17, who claimed the victim was targeted because he was a Paris St Germain fan, not because he was black, and that the chanting was unrelated.

Read more: Video: Chelsea condemn fans caught on camera chanting "we're racist" and pushing black man off metro

Read more: Chelsea fan defends "we're racist" chants: "That song is about John Terry"

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