Chelsea issue life bans to five supporters involved in Paris racism scandal

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Chelsea have banned five supporters for life after they were involved in a racist incident before their UEFA Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain in February 2015.

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The Blues have moved quickly to dish out the life bans as they come on the same day that five individuals were all issued “multi-year banning orders” from attending soccer games by the local authorities in England.

Richard Barklie, Josh Parsons, William Simpson, Jordan Munday and Dean Callis were all given banning orders following a video that was released of a group of Chelsea fans on board a Metro train in Paris who first denied and then pushed a black man, later identified as Mr. Souleymane, off the train before racist chants emanated from the carriage.

In a statement on the club website, Chelsea had the following to say:

Chelsea Football Club has today issued life bans to five individuals involved in incidents prior to the club’s UEFA Champions League match against Paris Saint-Germain on 17 February 2015. 

This follows Stratford Magistrates’ Court’s decision to issue multi-year football banning orders to Richard Barklie, Josh Parsons, William Simpson and Jordan Munday. Dean Callis earlier received a banning order.

The club will always reserve the right to decide who purchases tickets to attend Chelsea matches, and the behaviour of these five individuals was abhorrent, against all of the club’s values and falls way below the standards the club expects of supporters attending our games.

Therefore the club’s bans permanently prohibit any of these individuals from attending Stamford Bridge or purchasing tickets from the club for any future matches.

The club also insisted that it will “take action against any supporters we feel behave in an anti-social manner and will cooperate with the relevant police authorities with any future investigations,” while they also stated their pride in supporting both the Kick it Out and Show Racism the Red Card campaigns.