Chelsea Fans Won't Let Black Man Get on Train (Updated)

Fans who reportedly root for Chelsea F.C. forcefully push back a black man trying to board a train.

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Earlier today this video, showing Chelsea fans blocking a black commuter/fan from trying to board the Paris Metro, was shot at the Richelieu-Drouot station. It occurred before this afternoon's thrilling 1-1 draw between Chelsea Paris Saint-Germain.

After that brief background you can pretty much see what happens (which is the point, after all, of embedding video). The guy tries to get on the train, he's forcefully pushed back, and fans doing their worst to represent their team shout "Chelsea!" repeatedly in his face. Afterward, the caught-on-camera dicks chant "We're racist, we're racist, we're racist, and that's the way we like it, we like it, we like it."

At that point the man appears to have said "screw it" before seeking out a different entrance.

Update: Chelsea released their statement on the video:

“Such behaviour 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.”

In addition to that, the amateur director who shot the video (British expatriate Paul Nolan) noted that Chelsea fans weren't exactly behaving themselves in other cars, adding:

“I was just completely appalled by it and so that’s why I tried to catch some of it on my phone, although I was a bit self-conscious as it was getting quite aggressive and I overhead one of the Chelsea fans say something about stabbing someone. I think he was referring to a Paris Saint-Germain supporter who was on the platform.”

The Guardian also reported that French police had to use tear gas to break up scuffles involving the club's fans before the game.

[via YouTube, The Guardian]

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