Man abused by Chelsea fans feels ‘humiliated’


The man who was pushed off a Paris Metro train by Chelsea football fans chanting a racist song said the incident is the club’s “responsibility”.

The man, 33-year-old Souleymane S, said today he had not yet received any contact via his lawyer from the Premier League club after he was left “humiliated” on Tuesday evening.

He told BBC Radio 5 Live Drive: “I felt truly wounded to the bottom of my heart that I really couldn’t believe it.

“We’re in 2015 aren’t we and we’re in France. We’re in a civilised country and when you are in a civilised country there are certain things you can’t do.

“For me, it’s a humiliation. I was humiliated in my country. I was humiliated in front of my family, humiliated in front of my mother and father.”

He added: “Of course it’s Chelsea’s responsibility. It’s their supporters.

“They [the fans] didn’t say Paris, they said Chelsea. Chelsea should call my lawyer. And they haven’t done that yet. It’s their supporters. The director general of PSG has called my lawyer but Chelsea haven’t contacted my lawyer.”

Footage posted online appeared to show the group shouting and gesturing at Souleymane before pushing him out of the carriage when he steps in.

The supporters were travelling to the Parc des Princes ground for Chelsea’s Champions League match against PSG, which ended in a 1-1 draw.

They also chanted at bemused onlookers “We’re racist and that’s the way we like it” and “Where were you in World War II?”.

Chelsea Football Club has said it is “appalled” and has apologised to the victim, while manager Jose Mourinho said he was “ashamed” of the fans involved.

The club has suspended five people from its Stamford Bridge ground and says it is helping police in the UK and Paris.

Scotland Yard said it takes such matters “very seriously” and is investigating whether the supporters involved should be issued with football banning orders.