The man who was allegedly racially abused by a group of Chelsea supporters at a Paris metro station has called for the perpetrators to be “locked up”.
Souleymane S is claiming to be the black man who was shoved off a train by a group of Chelsea supporters, who reportedly chanted, “We’re racist, we’re racist and that’s the way we like it”.
Video footage of the incident, which is being examined by police, was taken prior to Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Paris Saint-Germain at Parc des Princes in the first leg of their last-16 Champions League clash on Tuesday evening.
In an interview with French newspaper Le Parisien, Souleymane S said: “I wanted to get into the car but a group of English fans blocked me and pushed me away. I tried to force my way on. In the scramble, I lost my phone. They told me things in English but I did not really understand what they were saying. I do not speak a word of English.
“I understand also that they were attacking me because of the colour of my skin. You know, I live with racism, I was not really surprised by what happened to me even if it was a first in the metro.
“I stayed there a long time, facing them. Somebody came up to me straight after to tell me I had been very brave to stand up to these people in that way. These people, these English fans must be found, punished and locked up. What happened should not go unpunished.”
Chelsea have vowed to ban any supporters found guilty of racist abuse following the incident.
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