A Chelsea fan caught up in an incident on a Paris Metro train last week has spoken out.
Richard Barklie, a former Police officer in Northern Ireland who also works in the human rights field, was identified as one of the Chelsea fans involved in the incident which saw them push a black man (later identified as Souleymane S) off a train in Paris and then hurling alleged racist chants of “we’re racist, we’re racist and that’s the way we like it” in his direction.
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Barklie has denied he is racist and has a long history of working in the human rights field. The Chelsea season ticket holder also acknowledged that he was involved in the incident where Mr. Souleymane was denied entry to the train by Chelsea supporters.
Speaking on behalf of Barklie, his legal representative Kevin Winters had the following to say before stating that his client wanted to give his “sincerest apologies for the trauma and stress suffered” by Mr Souleymane. While Barklie has also been backed by the head of the World Human Rights Forum, as he denies he is a racist.
“We contacted London Metropolitan police today to advise that our client is happy to assist with inquiries. Pending formal engagement with police, our client is anxious to put on record his total abhorrence for racism and any activity associated with it. As someone who has spent years working with disadvantaged communities in Africa and India, he can point to a CV in human rights work which undermines any suggestion he is racist.
“He did not participate in racist chanting and singing and condemns any behaviour supporting that. He accepts he was involved in an incident when a person now known to him as Souleymane S was unable to enter a part of the train. He wants to put on record his sincerest apologies for the trauma and stress suffered by Mr Souleymane.”