Police are investigating a second racist incident involving Chelsea fans, as a bad week for the west London club just worse.
Chelsea banned five fans from Stamford Bridge on Friday and could face life bans as the police investigation continues.
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The group of men involved in that initial incident were filmed pushing a black man (identified only as Souleymane S. by the French press) off a Paris Metro train, the hurling racist abuse his way before Chelsea’s UEFA Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain in the French capital on Tuesday.
Now a separate incident has emerged, also involving Chelsea fans, as the British Transport Police released the following statement after the group of men were reported by a member of the public at St. Pancras international train station on Wednesday.
“The men shouted as they walked through the station having alighted from the train a short time earlier,” Gill Murray, superintendent of British Transport Police said. “The racist chanting was reported by a member of the public who was disgusted by the behavior of the men who had traveled on the 18.40 service from Paris Gard du Nord. The men shouted as they walked through the station having alighted from the train a short time earlier.
”It’s clear that unfortunately there is still a minority who think it is acceptable to behave in such an abhorrent manner. There is more that needs to be done to address the issue once and for all and British Transport Police is actively working with football clubs, the football authorities and other key agencies to tackle this appalling behavior.”
The incident occurred as Chelsea fans were walking off the Eurostar train at around 8 p.m. local time after traveling back to London from the French capital the day after the game and amid the furor surrounding the first incident.
With a fresh investigation into alleged racist chanting from a group of Chelsea fans now underway, the swift action taken by the club to condemn the initial incident — they offered a trip for Souleymayne S. and his family to PSG’s away game in the UCL against Chelsea in March, plus Jose Mourinho detailing the disgust he and his players had with those involved — is becoming just the first in a long-line of firefighting against racist abuse from so-called fans.
It has to be said that the vast majority of soccer fans in England are not racist and are disgusted by this behavior, but like all walks of society there are a radical minority whose actions are deplorable and they need swift and harsh punishment as the racist incidents must stop. Right now.