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Group of 'Racist' Chelsea fans cause outrage after Paris metro incident

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A group of Chelsea fans attending last night's Champions League game in Paris were involved in an incident where they denied a black man entry onto a subway car. After the man walked away the group then launched into a racist chant as the Paris Métro train pulled out of Richelieu–Drouot station.

The shocking scenes were all captured on a mobile phone camera by a UK man presumably in Paris to attend last night's Champions League tie between Chelsea and Paris St. Germain. The incident took place before the big match kicked off and the group of Chelsea supporters can be seen blocking the man from entering the train and pushing him away from the door a number of times.

After the man walked away the group broke into a song where they chanted "We’re racist, we’re racist and that’s the way we like it!". Police in Paris have since launched an investigation into crimes of racial violence on public transport.

Metropolitan Police have said they are taking the situation "very seriously" and have commenced a separate investigation where they will analyse the footage in order to identify those involved. A spokesperson said "We will examine the footage with a view to seeing if we can apply for football banning orders, preventing people from travelling for future matches".

Chelsea fan Mitchell McCoy, who was on board the train at the time of the incident has defended the group of fans in question and he suggested the man was pushed out as there "wasn’t much space on the carriage". He believes the incident was not racially motivated and said "You couldn’t move. People were saying it was because he was black. It’s not true at all. I personally think it’s because he was a PSG fan. Obviously they didn’t want him anywhere with us. That guy in the video tried to force himself on, so they pushed him off."

The incident has been condemned by FIFA president Sepp Blatter and Gary Lineker has called their actions "Sickening, embarrassing, moronic, disgraceful." Chelsea football club has also released a statement saying "Should evidence point to the involvement of Chelsea season ticket holders or members of the club, we will take the strongest possible action against them."

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