Black man pushed off train wants Chelsea fans punished
A black man who was blocked by Chelsea soccer fans chanting racist remarks while trying to board a train in Paris wants the group to be "found, punished and locked up."
The man, only identified only as Souleymane S., told the Le Parisien newspaper that he lost his phone during the altercation and did not know it was being filmed.
He also said that he did not know what the group was chanting because he does not speak English.
The group can be heard on the video saying "Chelsea, Chelsea, Chelsea" and "we're racist, we're racist, and that's the way we like it.”
The incident happened before Chelsea played Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League knockout stage on Tuesday.
"They were saying things to me in English and I didn't really understand the meaning of the words,” the man said. “I understood that it had to do with Chelsea fans and made the link with the PSG match that was happening that night. I also clearly understood that they were hassling me because of the color of my skin.”
Chelsea officials condemned the attacks saying that they "support any criminal action against those involved" and added that if found that a season-ticket holders were involved, they will take action, including banning future orders.
The man also said that no one came to his defense, and that he did not speak to his wife or children about the altercation but planned to file a formal complaint if he can get time off from work.
“What would I say to my children? That daddy got shoved in the metro because he is black?” he said.
"These people, these English fans, they have to be found, punished and locked up," he added.
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