“We’re racist, we’re racist, and that’s the way we like it.”
That was the chant a group of alleged Chelsea fans sung on the Paris Metro system before the huge UEFA Champions League last 16 clash against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday, which finished in a 1-1 draw, as the men in question pushed a black man off the Metro train and would not allow him to board.
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Watch the video above, as a British expat filmed the incident as it unfolded at the platform of a Metro station.
Chelsea Football Club have since released the following statement as footage of the incident has spread across the world. The faces of those so-called Chelsea fans responsible are clearly evident in the video and some have already been identified on social media.
“Such behavior is abhorrent and has no place in football or society. We will support any criminal action against those involved, and should evidence point to involvement of Chelsea season-ticket holders or members the club will take the strongest possible action against them, including banning orders.”
Other reports claim that French police used teargas to break up scuffles Chelsea fans were involved in around the Parc des Princes stadium before the match, while on Chelsea’s past two visits to play PSG in the French capital there have also been outbreaks of violence.
UEFA have since released a statement on the incident saying that it “condemns all forms of discrimination and we are appalled by the incident which took place in the Paris Metro on Tuesday.” They added that due to the incident having “occurred away from stadium, it is outside UEFA’s remit to act. It’s a matter for local authorities to investigate further.”
President of FIFA, Sepp Blatter, sent out the following message via Twitter.